Collins says 'no' but GOP leaders still pushing Graham-Cassidy

Anthem will not sell individual Obamacare plans in Maine next year

Anthem will not sell individual Obamacare plans in Maine next year

In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer today, the American College of Physicians (ACP) reaffirmed its strongest possible opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) proposal, especially considering changes released last night to the bill that would be even more harmful to patients.

NY lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike, say they are looking for bipartisan solutions now that the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has collapsed, but they are divided over how best to solve the problem. "We made the decision that since we don't have the votes, we won't hold the vote". Republicans could afford to lose only 2 votes and still pass the legislation.

Meanwhile, DW reported that the latest bid to repeal Obamacare has flat lined after Republican Senator Susan Collins announced she would vote against it.

Sullivan called the bill "compelling" but said senators ran out of time to study the effects.

Several Republicans blamed defeat on the rushed and secretive process as they scrambled to meet a September 30 deadline with just one public hearing and said that a more thorough debate would produce legislation that could win support.

She said she likes the central idea of Graham-Cassidy, that states should have more flexibility and control over their health care dollars.

On the "Rick & Bubba Show", a radio programme, Trump singled out McCain, calling his vote in July "a tremendous slap in the face of the Republican Party".

"We are not out of the woods yet by any means", said Sen. Senators Collins, Paul, and McCain drew ire from President Donald Trump, who said, "We are disappointed in certain so-called Republicans".

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The news came after Sen.

"At some point there will be a repeal and replace but we'll see whether or not that point is now or whether it will be shortly thereafter", Trump said. Neal quoted Trump as saying, "You get a better deal if it's bipartisan".

The GOP had 52 seats in the Senate and needed 50 votes in order to pass Graham-Cassidy through budget reconciliation. But that package is created to clear the path for tax reform, not another repeal and replace effort.

"[Trump] made that clear that if he didn't get what he wanted, he was going to work with Democrats on a plan", Democratic Rep. Richard Neal of MA said after the meeting.

Caleb Files, 25, of Brooklyn, NY, and an organizer with March to Confont White said he's personally affected by the GOP-led attempts to repeal the ACA. McCain voiced the same complaint this time, even though the new bill was put forward by Graham whom he calls his close friend.

Vice President Mike Pence appeared on a ME radio talk show today stating the Trump administration is "certainly disappointed" by Collins' refusal to support the latest Obamacare repeal effort.

The abandoned bill would transform much of "Obamacare's" spending into grants that states could spend on health programs with few constraints.

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