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A Last-Ditch Effort: The GOP now has until Sept. 30 to kill as many Americans as they can

Photo by: Andrew Harnik Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., second from right, accompanied by Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., second from left, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., right, fist bump each other during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil legislation to reform health care. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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WASHINGTON ­­– In a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate Republicans now have until Sept. 30 to pass the Graham-Cassidy bill, a healthcare bill put forth by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and Bill Cassidy, R-La. that will allow your state governor to determine how valuable your life is.

“The government should stay out of people’s lives and let them decide what is best for themselves, which is why we’re dumping this whole problem on the states and let them decide,” said Sen. Graham after the announcement.

The initial proposed bill would reduce total federal spending on Medicaid by $776 billion by 2026, throw over 30 million people off healthcare and defund Planned Parenthood.

“For years we have been trying to figure out how to kill all the sick and poor people [legally],” said House Speaker Paul Ryan of the bill. “We have finally done it, and now with less people in America, we anticipate a drop in unemployment, which is great news for the economy.”

Sens. Graham and Cassidy have faced some difficulty getting the votes needed in order to pass the bill, as some Republican senators have vowed to vote no. In order to win votes, they have since made changes to the bill that will increase the number of uninsured Americans from 30 million to 50 million by 2026.

Though the current administration faced opposition, Trump supporters did not let the objections diminish their state of euphoria.

“I just hope that the Senate doesn’t try to give me my health insurance back,” said Kim Kostner, a Trump supporter from Tampa, Florida. “As Vice President Mike Pence said, they will bring individual responsibility back to American health care! It is our responsibility not to be poor and sick! I don’t want to pay because somebody else is irresponsible!”

Thanks to a special budget rule, Republicans will only need 50 votes, assuming Pence casts the tie-breaking vote. However, the budget rules are set to expire on Sept. 30, hence the rush to finish by the deadline.

“Right now we are just crossing our fingers and hoping that our representatives will deliver what they promised us,” added Kostner.

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