Maine's Collins puts another nail in coffin of Obamacare repeal

Maine's Collins puts another nail in coffin of Obamacare repeal

Maine's Collins puts another nail in coffin of Obamacare repeal

"I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", McCain said of the bill, co-written by Lindsey Graham of SC, his best friend in the Senate, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. John McCain for opposing the latest GOP attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying McCain was snookered by Democrats to let down his best friend, who authored the proposed bill.

A showdown must occur this week for Republicans to prevail with their narrow Senate majority.

"It is very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins said.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said on Sunday that he's yet in support of the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal the the Affordable Care Act because his concerns about health care premiums have not yet been addressed.

Senate GOP leaders need both Murkowski's and Collins' votes, since Arizona Sen. GOP leaders hoped to bring the legislation to the full Senate this coming week. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the measure's sponsors, said Republicans would press ahead with a vote this week.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal would turn Obamacare funds into block grants for the states, which would create their own health care plans for residents.

The Graham-Cassidy bill would take the funds used for subsidies and the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare and transfer them to states in block grants, phasing out the funds completely by 2027. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office said he "intends" to bring the bill to the floor this week, but it's not known whether that would still happen if it's known to fail. John McCain said Friday he will not support a last-gasp Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, making him the second Republican lawmaker to do so, casting significant doubt on the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare. "And I don't think they have Mike Lee's either", referring to the Republican senator from Utah. No Democrats are expected to vote in favor of repeal. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has said she's "leaning against it." Sen.

She said she also anxious if the "CBO has been given enough time to thoroughly analyze the bill".

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

Trump also is lashing out at Alaska Sen.

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

At a rally in Alabama Friday night, the president said he was stunned by the Arizona senator's vote against the previous repeal bill, saying McCain's opposition was "totally unexpected" and "terrible". It is taking it from Democrat states and giving it to Republican states.

Cassidy and Graham are trying to push a vote for this week before Senate budget rules change at the end of the month and require 60 votes for passage. It would also limit spending for Medicaid, the federal-state program that now covers more than 70 million low-income people.

Trump said that McCain's last senatorial campaign "was all about repeal and replace, repeal and replace".

"It's a little tougher without McCain's vote, I'll be honest".

The CBO has said that it will not be able to provide an assessment of how Cassidy-Graham would affect insurance premiums or the number of people with medical coverage "for at least several weeks".

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