Senate GOP in Final Scramble to Erase Obama Health-Care Law

WASHINGTON (AP) -
From left, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., hold a press conference on Capitol Hill, last Wednesday, to unveil legislation to reform health care. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Senate Republicans are planning a final, uphill push to erase President Barack Obama’s health-care law. But Democrats and their allies are going all-out to stop the drive.

The initial Republican effort crashed in July in the GOP-run Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after that defeat that he’d not revisit the issue without the votes to succeed.

South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy are leading the new GOP charge.

They’d transform much of Obama’s law into block grants and let states decide how to spend the money.

They’ll need support from 50 out of 52 GOP senators to succeed.

They only have until Sept. 30. Special procedures expire after that, and they’d need 60 votes. That would entail support from Democrats, which they won’t get.