McCain to vote against health care bill, likely dooming GOP effort

Sep 25, 2017, 00:30
McCain to vote against health care bill, likely dooming GOP effort

"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", McCain said in a statement. "We already have a problem under the Affordable Care act with the cost of premiums and deductibles, and finally, I'm very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with pre-existing conditions".

He added: "Without a full (Congressional Budget Office) score, which won't be available by the end of the month, we won't have reliable answers to any of those questions". John McCain's defection, the latest GOP effort to repeal Obamacare would likely result in an additional 21 million Americans without health insurance. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME has said she was leaning against the Graham-Cassidy bill, as has Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Republican Sen. John McCain said Friday he'll oppose the bill in a Senate showdown this week.

With several other Republicans still undecided on the measure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week he meant to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote this week, though he did not promise to do so. And in a shocking turn of events, the Graham-Cassidy bill actually does not pass the Kimmel Test-nor does it pass the test of, like, any major health organization. "Great for Arizona. McCain let his best friend LG down!"

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Speaking Friday to a room of two-dozen health care workers, Sen.

"I'm leaning against the bill", she said at an event in Portland. Trump spent much of August needling McConnell for his failure to pass a repeal bill, and Republican lawmakers back home during Congress' summer recess heard repeatedly from voters angered that after seven years of promises to get rid of "Obamacare", the party had not delivered.

Once again, the Republicans are showing they don't know diddly about governing, even with control of both houses of Congress and the White House. Lisa Murkowski's vote has continued into the weekend, with changes seen to benefit her state related to the state's funding formula in the bill and the timeline for implementation.

McCain also was one of three Republican senators to vote down the earlier attempt by Republicans to repeal Obamacare in July.

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Trump's tweets did not end with Sen. 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 says he can't support a last-ditch push to overhaul the Obama-era health law.

As Congressional Republicans barrel head first into an ObamaCare repeal and replace bill experts say will totally decimate the US healthcare system, a group of House Democrats is demanding a halt until the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scores the bill. Lindsey Graham, who proposed the bill along with Louisiana's Bill Cassidy, but he has come out strongly against the rushed nature of the measure, which will see limited debate and time in front of committees. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that Arizona could lose $6.9 billion by 2027 under Graham-Cassidy; another consultant, Avalere, put Arizona's estimated losses at $19 billion by 2027.

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