Opponents of the bill, including McCain, have said they can not vote for it until they know how much it would cost and how many people would be affected - something that isn't yet clear. On CBS' Face the Nation Sunday, McCain praised the rival effort by GOP Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would change his vote. He was one of four Republican senators who had been undecided.
McCain says he can't support a last-ditch push to overhaul the Obama-era health law.
"The Senate rules are usually that you need 60 senators to actually pass anything and they're not going to get any democratic support for this bill", said political analyst Richard Meagher.
Based on this analysis, we estimate that the Graham-Cassidy legislation would reduce the number of people with insurance coverage by around 21 million each year during the 2020 through 2026 period. She has yet to announce her decision. "Unfortunately the Graham-Cassidy bill has derailed that effort at least temporarily". John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have yet to show if they support this renewed effort.
MSNBC morning TV show host Joe Scarborough was ebullient.
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In a joint statement on Saturday, major groups such as the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, America's Health Insurance Plans and the BlueCross BlueShield Association called on the Senate to reject the bill sponsored by GOP Sens.
McCain said he believes lawmakers could do better if Republicans and Democrats work together on a replacement for President Barack Obama's health care law.
Collins' comments were consistent with what she told reporters Friday that she was "leaning against" the bill, according to The Portland Press Herald. Republican leaders hoped that since McCain is a very close friend with SC U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, that he would have supported the bill. "I remain confident that we can reach a bipartisan agreement as soon as this latest partisan approach by Republican leaders is finally set aside".
But with next week's deadline looming, and a debt-ceiling and government funding fight that wrapped up more quickly than expected, Republicans - including the President - rallied around Graham-Cassidy last week, even though there was little evidence to suggest that any of the divisions that prevented the advancement of bills earlier this year had been remedied. The only thing most people will know is that Republicans failed to keep their promise to replace Obamacare and they can't be trusted on health care moving forward. "With only a few legislative days left for the entire process to conclude, there clearly is not sufficient time for policymakers, governors, Medicaid directors, or other critical stakeholders to engage in the thoughtful deliberation necessary to ensure successful long-term reforms".
The outspoken Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., went to Twitter to raise the high alert that his battle against repeal and replace is not over.