Trump lashes out at McCain on health care vote

25 September 2017, 12:11 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Sen. Collins says she's leaning 'no' on Graham-Cassidy health care bill

Republican Senator Collins ‘leaning against’ new healthcare bill AP

Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, it would not have the votes to pass, and would be the last Republican attempt to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature legislation before a September 30 procedural deadline that allows the GOP to pass health care legislation without the support of any Democrats or independents.

The remarks by Trump come as a surprise, given Paul has stated that he "won't be bribed or bullied" into supporting the bill, and has repeatedly criticized its contents.

The Graham-Cassidy bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives with the backing of the Freedom Caucus, but has run into trouble in the Senate, where McCain and Paul have announced their opposition to the legislation and Sens. And he praised the senator's loyalty in the health care battle, recalling that odd asked for nothing in return for his support to repeal Obamacare - unlike McCain and other unhelpful GOP senators. John McCain (R-AZ), who is also opposing the health care reform bill.

This latest repeal and replace plan has yet to be reviewed by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, making it hard to know the plan's full impact. Trump, who also a strained relationship with McCain, has slammed the Arizona Senator in recent days.

He continued: "Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums past year, with deductibles very high". John McCain's opposition to the latest GOP effort to pass a health care bill "sad" and "a awful, terrible thing for the Republican Party".

The Graham-Cassidy proposal would turn Obamacare funds into block grants for the states, which would create their own health care plans for residents.

"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", the Arizona Republican said in a statement. McCain's rejection of the Graham-Cassidy proposal effectively ends the party's chances at repealing Obamacare - for now.

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The Arizona Republican says he can't back the partisan GOP measure because "we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats". Republicans have pledged for seven years to overturn the law, and President Donald Trump made doing so a central theme of his 2016 campaign. "Murkowksi and Collins, I think you could see some conversations, but everyone is keeping powder dry and waiting to hear from (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell", one conservative source outside of Capitol Hill said. Rand Paul against it, Republicans can't afford any other defections from their ranks.

"It was sad", Trump said. Last week, she said she was leaning against Cassidy-Graham.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", Collins cited concerns about how the Cassidy-Graham legislation would affect Medicaid recipients and people with preexisting medical conditions, among other things. Susan Collins, of ME, said she was leaning against the bill, the Portland Press-Herald newspaper reported on Friday.

But it was far from clear Sunday that they could get even close to that number.

A third Republican "no" vote sank a different version of Obamacare repeal in July. Murkowski hasn't committed on the bill.

The method used by federal officials to predict the bill's effects on spending to states differs from that of another major analysis released earlier last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation. States that rejected the Medicaid expansion would gain $73 billion. "But that has not been the case", McCain said.

The legislation would do away with Obamacare's individual mandate requiring most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine. But state governments could waive requirements that insurers not charge more for people with pre-existing conditions or that all health plans cover certain essential benefits.

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