McCain to oppose latest Republican bill to sink Obamacare

Ruben Ruiz
September 25, 2017

Led by Rep. Gregory Meeks of NY, the group urged Senate leader Mitch McConnell to hold off on allowing a vote next week and give the CBO time to properly score Graham-Cassidy ObamaCare repeal bill to see its effect on the lives of Americans, and its cost. "I have assured Senator McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process".

While he said he might have supported a bill that went through the normal process, he could not support this bill "without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close friend of McCain's and co-author of the bill that appears to be the last gasp effort by Republicans this year to try to repeal and replace Obamacare. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME has said she was leaning against the Graham-Cassidy bill, as has Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have not committed to supporting the measure. Sen.

Republicans, who have a 52-member majority in the Senate, were at least hoping to get 50 votes with Vice President Pence casting the deciding vote.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal was always a bit of a desperation effort - essentially passing the tough decisions about health insurance coverage and benefits to the states, while making sizable cuts to the amount of money they receive from the federal government.

Her comments Friday morning at an event in her home state came hours before Republican colleague Sen.

On Friday Senator Joni Ernst, of Iowa, admitted: "I'll be honest, it seems unlikely that we'll be voting on this".

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"Graham-Cassidy will give Arizona the flexibility it needs to innovate and lower premiums while maintaining protections to ensure access to quality, affordable care for individuals with preexisting conditions", Flake said in a statement Friday. In a Tweet Friday, Paul wrote "Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare "repeal" doesn't make it true. They didn't", Menendez said.

Collins voted against a July repeal bill and is a key swing vote in the current dynamic.

In his statement, McCain said a bill of this magnitude requires a bipartisan approach and reliable answers to its real impacts, including a score from the Congressional Budget Office. The new measure takes funds for health care largely out of federal control and places them in states' hands. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has already voiced his opposition to the latest proposal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to bring the bill to the floor for a vote some time next week.

One of the first people to praise McCain for his decision was late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel. John McCain would break from his party and not support the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.

"Who knows why McCain is doing this", she said.

"I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!"

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