Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

John McCain announces opposition to GOP health care bill, likely dooming it

John McCain announces opposition to GOP health care bill, likely dooming it

Bill Cassidy (R-LA), it's possible that the Senate could still go on the record on the matter.

In a lengthy written statement, the Arizona senator said he "cannot in good conscience" vote for the legislation from Republican Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of SC, which GOP leaders have been aiming to bring to the Senate floor next week. That defeat had been seen by many as the end of a seven-year campaign pledge by many Republicans to repeal Obamacare. McCain gives cover for Collins and Murkowski to also be "no's" - allowing them to present a united front against what will nearly certainly be a withering attack on their conservative credentials by President Trump.

"I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", McCain said in a statement.

Of course, anything can change, and concerned citizens should continue to call their Senators top register their disapproval of Graham-Cassidy: (202) 224-3121.

Graham added that he respectfully disagrees with McCain, saying that the bill is the best chance at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Another amendment would create a dedicated stability fund that individual states can use to reduce premiums and limit losses for providing coverage - especially for those with pre-existing conditions.

"What is clear, however, is that the legislation would result in very large reductions in insurance coverage", they wrote.

Grady, Avalere analyst Chris Sloan and others said they were unaware of states other than Wisconsin that would benefit from the provision. "The Senate should reject it".

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Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvania's U.S. Sens.

"The reason it's not dead is because it's not finished". "I remain confident that we can reach a bipartisan agreement as soon as this latest partisan approach by Republican leaders is finally set aside".

"The Graham-Cassidy bill is the worst Trumpcare bill yet", said Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of MA. Cassidy, a physician, is expected to testify.

Paul is the other Republican senator to publicly announce his opposition.

As Republicans control 52 seats in the Senate, they would have to persuade at least one of those three senators to vote for the bill in order to pass it with a simple majority under the budget reconciliation process. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of SC to repeal major pillars of former President Barack Obama's signature health care law, replacing them with block grants that leave it to states to design their own programs. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is one of the bill's co-sponsors and his support is not in question, but the episode suggests the value of helping craft of legislation.

Both Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump have reached out to the junior senator from Kentucky in the last 24 hours, and Trump tweeted Saturday morning: "I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

The 32 million people without health insurance could be an underestimate because it is impossible to forecast what will happen to the nation's health insurance system when it is turned into a 50 state free for all with declining funding and little regulation on insurance companies.

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