GOP Sen. Collins 'leaning against' bill dismantling Obamacare

Posted September 25, 2017

Graham, his longtime friend, tweeted his disappointment Friday, but said it won't affect his respect for the Arizonan.

President Donald Trump is holding out hope that a last-ditch effort to overhaul the Obama-era health law isn't over.

The Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare were dealt a blow on Friday as the non-partisan Brookings Institute found that at least 21 million would lose their health insurance, 15 million immediately, and as many as 32 million by 2026 under Graham-Cassidy.

Davis said Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., "made his pitch" to his longtime friend, but McCain was motivated by "his drive to move the Senate toward more comity and bipartisanship". That defeat had been seen by many as the end of a seven-year campaign pledge by many Republicans to repeal Obamacare. "Let Arizona down!" Trump wrote about McCain on Twitter early Saturday morning. "The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable".

"It's very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of The Union".

"Taken together, the per-capita caps and the envisioned block grant would constitute the largest intergovernmental transfer of financial risk from the federal government to the states in our country's history", NAMD noted.

"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", McCain said in a statement Friday.

McCain's announcement essentially kills the bill; he and Sen. Aides say the legislation is still changing as leaders hunt the 50 GOP "yes" votes they'll need to turn this summer's jarring Senate rejection of the party's crusade to erase President Barack Obama's law into an eleventh-hour triumph.

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Trump was campaigning for fellow Republican Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama, Friday night.

Reactions from the Republican side of the aisle have been surprisingly quiet, but a few recent tweet-storms indicate that McCain's decision has definitely ruffled some feathers.

"I'm leaning against the bill", she said at an event in Portland. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen.

The numbers are in, and they show that Graham-Cassidy is a bill that must be defeated for the good of the people of the United States of America.

"I think it is more significantly uphill to get there, but it's definitely not impossible to get there", he added. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. "Wouldn't that be ironic?" "I'm not pretending to be an expert", Kimmel said, "I'm asking why people like you aren't listening to actual experts like the American Medical Association". The Senate's vehicle to pass a health care bill with just 51 votes expires at the end of this month, and it only takes one more Republican "no" vote to stop the legislation from passing altogether.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has not had enough time to issue a full review of the legislation, but other analyses are all but unanimous that it would result in major cuts, both in funding and in health coverage. "That's just a trick".

In a string of comments, Trump has also attacked Paul and McCain for their opposition to the repeal.