Trump tweeted Friday morning that "Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as 'the Republican who saved ObamaCare'". Critics are suggesting that it will be McCain alone that sinks the mandated move to repeal and replace the failing health care program. The measure would shift money Obama's law uses to help people afford coverage into block grants states would control in spending formulas heavily tilted toward helping Republican-led states.
Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky already have announced their opposition, leaving the GOP little margin for error.
This does not even take into account another possible GOP dissenter: Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. But that was not enough to sway her. Collins said she wants to see the limited forthcoming analysis of the legislation from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week before she makes a final decision. Paul, though, doesn't like it because he believes the bill doesn't go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
US Vice-President Mike Pence said the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill was the "last best chance" to repeal Obamacare. Privately, many Republicans have predicted that she will ultimately come out against the bill.
Graham told ABC News that he still thinks there is a possibility of winning the repeal vote and is "moving forward" with efforts to try to change the minds of the last Republican holdouts against the repeal legislation.
"Health care is too important to get wrong", they said.
In a statement issued on Friday, McCain said, "The bill's authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them".
It would eliminate Obama's expansion of Medicaid and the subsidies it provides millions of people to reduce their premiums and out of pocket costs, substituting block grants to states.
Although many have said McCain's opposition effectively ends the GOP health care push, Lewandowski said Trump is a master deal-maker and he will continue to work with lawmakers like Sens.
"I'm leaning against the bill", Collins said at a constituency event.
The Senate must act by September 30 to use a fast-track procedure that would keep Democrats from blocking the proposal. John McCain, R-Ariz., opposes the latest iteration of "repeal and replace" comes as the opportunity to dodge a Democratic filibuster is running out. "I'm very excited about it", Graham said.
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.
Trump then targeted McCain's friendship with Lindsey Graham, saying that he "let his best friend L.G. down!" To be sure, we need to improve and strengthen our health care system, but it must be done in a bipartisan manner.
The closely divided Senate means that the Republicans, who control the chamber, can not lose more than two GOP senators if they hope to pass the legislation.
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