Senator John McCain Says He Won't Support Republicans' Healthcare Bill



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.

McCain, Murkowski and Collins were the three Republican "no" votes who halted another attempt by GOP Senate leaders to repeal and replace Obamacare, the so-called "skinny repeal" bill, which lost in dramatic fashion during a late-night vote in July (Paul backed that legislation).

Price said that the bill was "not dead" despite McCain's announcement and wavering support from several other Republican senators.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will schedule a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill by September 30, the last day when it could pass in the chamber with a simple majority of 51 votes instead of the 60 typically required.

"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. However, after McCain's "no", if Paul remains a "no" and Collins also declares definitively she won't vote for the bill, Republicans openly acknowledge that's the ballgame. McCain's opposition will likely sink the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Already two GOP senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, have said they oppose the legislation.

"Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums past year, with deductibles very high".

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McCain said in a statement that he can not "in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", saying he favors a collaboration between Republicans and Democrats instead.

Paul said he opposes the bill because it doesn't go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, maintaining numerous taxes while redirecting the funds to states.

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

The White House "just wants a legislative victory, they're not as concerned with the policy" in the bill, Paul told the Associated Press after Trump's tweet. Senate Republicans can afford to lose no more than two members of their 52-48 majority and pass the bill.

The Arizona Republican says he can't back the partisan GOP measure because "we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats". A Paul aide said both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had reached out over the past 24 hours, even though past entreaties haven't made any headway. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has said she's "leaning against it." Sen. Rand Paul objects to the taxes, but when you look at the bill Rand, we save a lot of money over time for Medicaid, we put a cap on ObamaCare growth, we make it more sustainable, more affordable, more flexible.

"So he chose to do something different, and that's fine", Trump said. Susan Collins, of ME, said she was leaning against the bill, the Portland Press-Herald newspaper reported on Friday. The bill's sponsors as well as the President, are determined to find the votes after months of repeal efforts, and time is nearly up. 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 ACA requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions without charging more.

"I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment". As far back as April, insurers were anxious that they wouldn't have enough time to set rates for 2018. A vote taken any later than that would have to garner at least 60 votes for passage.

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