Cassidy still undecided on health care bill, he tells Face the Nation


U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on Face the Nation.
  • U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on Face the Nation.

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, one of the Senate Republicans who's been openly hesitant about the health care bill released this week by the Senate, told Face the Nation's John Dickerson this morning he was still undecided about whether he could support it.

"There are things in this bill which adversely affect my state that are peculiar to my state, a couple of things I'm concerned about," Cassidy said. "But if those can be addressed, I will. And if they can't be addressed, I won't. So, right now, I'm undecided."

Cassidy didn't elaborate, and Dickerson didn't follow up on what those things might be.
Later in the interview, Cassidy — a physician — seemed to indicate he'd like to see Medicaid turned into block grants for the states, a position supported by many Republicans and denounced by Democrats and some Republican governors.

"If we can put Medicaid on a sustainable path, where the state is receiving a certain amount of money and can budget for that," Cassidy said, "and then the state, in turn, gives it to managed care organizations, federal, state managed care, the patient will have certainty as to their access. I actually think that's better for patients. I think they can improve outcomes. And it's certainly better for the state and the federal taxpayer."

Watch the whole interview here, or read the transcript.

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