Paul said, "I have always been a yes for repeal but the bill, the Graham-Cassidy bill, unfortunately, basically keeps most of the Obamacare spending, nearly all of it and it just reshuffles it and block grants it to the states".
The GOP drive to gut the Affordable Care Act is using a dramatically short-circuited process that seeks to replace one landmark health law with another introduced just two weeks ago by Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
"Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums past year, with deductibles very high".
President Donald Trump speaks at the rally for Luther Strange, a Republican candidate for Senate, at the Von Braun Center on September 22, 2017 in Huntsville, Alabama.
The bill would also end the Medicaid expansion that 31 states and Washington, D.C., took advantage of under Obamacare and overhaul the funding for traditional Medicaid. Recalling a list of 10 "no" votes he was told he needed to court, Trump said, "John McCain was not on the list, so that was an unexpected thing".
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McCain criticized the closed process of drafting the bill, as opposed to going through "regular order" with open public hearings and votes in Senate committees. Senate Republicans can afford to lose no more than two members of their 52-48 majority and pass the bill. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderates who joined McCain in voting down the last attempt at Senate reform, have not confirmed their position, although Collins said on Friday she was "leaning against" it.More news: Toys R Us Filed for Bankruptcy and People Are Upset
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Graham remained optimistic that McCain would eventually support the bill, telling an ABC affiliate on Thursday, "He won't vote because of our friendship, I would never ask him". "He campaigned on Repeal & Replace".
He also claimed that Arizona's Obamacare premiums went up 116% previous year, and added that Sen.
McCain's objection could doom conservatives' seven-year campaign to erase Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement.
A key Republican senator signaled Sunday that she is not likely to support the latest GOP push to undo the Affordable Care Act, leaving the legislation on the verge of failure, even as the bill's advocates said they would continue trying to pass it this week.
He also issued a tweet about Murkowski, appearing to chide her over her vote in July against the earlier attempt to repeal Obamacare: "Alaska had a 200% plus increase in premiums under ObamaCare, worst in the country". Deductibles high, people angry! "Lisa M comes through", Trump wrote. Those have been put on hold, but if Republicans can't pass a bill in the Senate by the end of the week bipartisan efforts could pick up again.
In a surprise statement, McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, said: "I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal". However all of that being said, if they narrow the focus to the things we all agree on, expanding health savings accounts, giving governors more freedom though wavers, slowing down the rate of growth of an outrageous entitlement spending, sure, I would be for that. He also he could not support the measure "without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it". "We can do it after September 30", he said.
Collins also said senators are continuing to change the bill as they lobby to keep it from failing, and those changes could make it hard for the Congressional Budget Office to provide a full analysis.