McCain Will Not Support GOP Health Care Bill

Kimmel not buying Graham-Cassidy snake oil: Darcy cartoon

Kimmel not buying Graham-Cassidy snake oil: Darcy cartoon

Rand Paul, who voted in favor of Senate Republicans' last health care bill - so-called "skinny repeal" - has come out strongly against Graham-Cassidy, characterizing it as "ObamaCare Lite" and vowing to vote against it. Through tweets and interviews, he has listed his grievances against the proposal.

Collins' speech comes at the same time that Gov. Paul LePage is meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and with LePage pressuring Collins and Sen.

The Arizona Republican says he can't back the partisan GOP measure because "we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats".

This leaves Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) with no wiggle room. "Unfortunately the Graham-Cassidy bill has derailed that effort at least temporarily".

Graham-Cassidy must come up for a vote before September 30 for it to pass under budget reconciliation, which would allow it to pass with just 51 votes rather than a 60-vote supermajority. John McCain has said he won't vote for the legislation.

Senator John McCain Says He Won't Support Republicans' Healthcare Bill
Price said that the bill was "not dead" despite McCain's announcement and wavering support from several other Republican senators. Susan Collins, of ME , said she was leaning against the bill, the Portland Press-Herald newspaper reported on Friday.

Both Wilson and Pogue also said they are also concerned the bill doesn't have any funding assured after 2027. "I doubt all the benefits he claims are part of this new health-care bill". "Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment", the veteran lawmaker said.

He cast a deciding vote in July killing a scaled-down Obamacare repeal bill, joining Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins in voting against the bill. "But, as long as there are families being penalized because they can't afford insurance costing $30,000 to $40,000 a year, I will continue to work for those families", he said in statement.

It remains unclear whether Republicans have enough support to pass the bill, which also would replace Obamacare with a system giving states block grants to fund their own healthcare programs. John McCain announced his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy health care reform bill Friday. Kimmel said Wednesday that on that emotional night, "I learned there are kids with no insurance in the same situation". The bill was sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Dean Heller of Nevada and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

Between 2020 and 2026, Missouri would receive $4 billion more in federal health spending under the Graham-Cassidy proposal compared to current law, according to an analysis by Avalere funded by the Center for American Progress.

The bill's collapse would be yet another blow to the president and the Republican leadership, who have been unable to move forward on repealing Obamacare despite controlling Congress and the White House.

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