McCain comes out against Republican health care bill


GOP leaders had hoped to bring the bill to the floor next week. Menendez spokesman Steven Sandberg told Observer this week that Menendez would "weigh very heavily if his vote will be determinative" if the vote ends up conflicting with the senator's trial schedule.

Flake said he has "the utmost respect" for McCain, but disagreed with him on Graham-Cassidy, which he called "the best shot I've seen for a repeal and replace bill to get signed into law". "Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it". She noted that McCain based his previous opposition to repealing Obamacare on concerns from his state's governor, Republican Doug Ducey. Once again, the 81-yearold senator, battling brain cancer in the twilight of a remarkable career, emerged as the destroyer of his party's signature promise to voters.

Sens. Rand Paul and John McCain have already announced they are against it, leaving the bill within one vote of failure and earning them criticism from President Trump.

"President Trump and I are undeterred".

Connecticut's all-Democratic congressional delegation opposes the Graham-Cassidy bill.

McCain joins Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in firmly opposing the plan. Susan Collins has said publicly she's "leaning against" the bill and has always been expected by Senate leaders to end up opposed, with only two firm "no" votes, the effort still has life, as tenuous as it may be.

Republican leaders have been rushing to try to pass the bill ― any repeal bill, really ― because their ability to pass something with 51 votes (including Vice President Mike Pence's tiebreaker) instead of 60 expires at the end of the month.

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In a head-long effort to beat a September 30 deadline that would prevent Senate Republicans from ramming through an epic healthcare disaster, they have thrown together legislation that could also leave tens of millions without insurance.

Democrats hailed McCain's announcement and pledged to commit to the bipartisan process he sought. John McCain's announced opposition, but Kentucky critics continue to warn of the bill's possible effects on the commonwealth. "McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process". Republicans said they favored the GOP proposal by 66%.

"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". "This is the same risky policy proposal as the legislation that failed to advance out of the Senate earlier this summer". Their attempts were scrapped earlier this week when House Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House came out against attempts to fix Obamacare.

There was fresh negative attention, too. "It's about Obamacare, which he hates, because Obama's name is on it", the late-night host, 49, said during a monologue on the Thursday, September 21, episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Seckel says Graham-Cassidy converts Medicaid from an open-ended, matching program into a per capita cap system. CMS looked at the difference in individual years, with the proposal giving Idaho just 9 percent more money in 2020, or $38 million, and climbing up to an 87 percent increase in 2026, or $514 million.

He chastised GOP holdouts and countered reports that it weakens a rule barring insurance companies from taking away coverage from people who are ill.