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

Republican Sen. Collins: 'Very hard to envision' voting for health care bill

Republican Sen. Collins: 'Very hard to envision' voting for health care bill

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he thinks the votes will be there to pass Obamacare repeal legislation he's introduced with Sen. "He campaigned on Repeal & Replace". "The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable".

"John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Democrats are as rare in Alabama as Louisiana State fans, but Trump warned that Moore, a controversial religious fundamentalist, would have "a very good chance of not winning in the general election" later this year. He jabbed at the senator with another tweet later in the day: "Democrats are laughingly saying that McCain had a "moment of courage".

Republicans have a deadline of September 30 to pass Graham-Cassidy under parliamentarian rules of reconciliation, allowing them to pass a bill with a simple majority of 51 votes. "Let Arizona down!" Trump wrote about McCain on Twitter early Saturday morning.

Democracy works better when we act together for the good of all.

Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate and can only afford to lose two votes.

President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. If they can somehow win Paul's support, attention would then turn to Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who voted against the previous repeal effort.

"Alaska had a 200% plus increase in premiums under ObamaCare, worst in the country". Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, it would not have the votes to pass, and would be the last Republican attempt to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature legislation before a September 30 procedural deadline that allows the GOP to pass health care legislation without the support of any Democrats or independents. People with disabilities or chronic diseases, people who have had cancer, and parents of children born with health problems like late-night host Jimmy Kimmel say that could make insurance unaffordable. A Bloomberg Intelligence index of hospital stocks gained 1.3 percent.

"LG" was a reference to the SC senator Lindsey Graham, a close friend of McCain who is a co-sponsor of the new bill with Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. "Maybe. Maybe they go forward and don't bring up anything", Paul said.

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Cruz said that was a "bogus" deadline. David Popp, a spokesman for McConnell, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about McCain's decision.

Surprisingly, Trump appeared to be wooing Paul - the first Republican senator to come out against the bill - to switch: "I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!" "The president is leaning in all the way". Recalling a list of 10 "no" votes he was told he needed to court, Trump said, "John McCain was not on the list, so that was an unexpected thing".

There could still be a vote on Graham-Cassidy. The number may be larger, it said, because of difficulties in setting up state health systems by 2020 and possible market turmoil in the final years.

That change would cut federal funding for Medicaid compared to the course set under current law. "That's more than what states provide for higher education", it said.

The Graham-Cassidy bill, considered to be Republican's last-ditch attempt to follow through with an nearly seven-year campaign promise to end Obamacare, was spearheaded by a close friend of McCain's, Sen. "But that has not been the case".

"They are not doing a service to the people that they represent", Trump said.

In July, McCain was the key vote that killed the last GOP effort to dump Obamacare, flashing a dramatic thumbs down on the Senate floor in the waning minutes of the vote. Murray said in a statement, though, that they "identified significant common ground" but GOP leaders chose to "freeze" the bipartisan effort and push the party's own plan. It also would take money earmarked for the law's Medicaid expansion and return it to states in the form of block grants. Wisconsin would see an infusion of about $3.5 billion in federal money during the next six years under the bill, according to an independent analysis by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

The legislation would do away with Obamacare's individual mandate requiring most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine. It would also enable states to circumvent ACA requirements for coverage of pre-existing conditions.

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