GOP health bill in major peril as resistance hardens among key senators

GOP health bill in major peril as resistance hardens among key senators

GOP health bill in major peril as resistance hardens among key senators

John McCain (R-AZ) to oppose a last-ditch GOP proposal to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans have nearly run out of time to make substantive changes to Obamacare by a September 30 deadline for action under a special expedited procedure that did not allow for a Senate filibuster, again dealing the President and GOP leaders a bitter defeat on an issue they've campaigned on for the last seven years.

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. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has said he opposes the bill, and Sen.

The Graham-Cassidy bill would take the funds used for subsidies and the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare and transfer them to states in block grants, phasing out the funds completely by 2027.

"John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves", Trump said in a Saturday tweet. That defeat had been seen by many as the end of a seven-year campaign pledge by many Republicans to repeal Obamacare.

McCain, of Arizona, is one of at least six Republican senators who either oppose the bill or whose positions are still not firm.

He continued: "Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums previous year, with deductibles very high".

Trump was less conciliatory Saturday morning, saying that McCain "was sold a bill of goods" by Sen.

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Referring to Graham-Cassidy's proposed transfer of healthcare administration away from the federal government, he added: "Large Block Grants to States is a good thing to do". McCain, a close friend of Graham, said he could not support it without knowing how much it would cost, its effect on insurance premiums, and how many people would be affected.

The Arizona Republican says he can't back the partisan GOP measure because "we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats".

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. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, and the revised legislation may be released this weekend, Politico reports.

The floundering Republican attempt to undo the Affordable Care Act met hardening resistance from key GOP senators Sunday that left it on the verge of collapsing, even as advocates vowed to keep pushing for a vote this week.

"There is a lot of pressure, but I've had a lot of pressure on a lot of different issues over the years", Collins said Friday according to the Press Herald. Graham said. "Flexibility and innovation is what we're seeking".

The Senate Finance Committee on Monday will hold a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy bill. He's not a fan of the bill, but reports say he's open to negotiating. It is taking it from Democrat states and giving it to Republican states. Murkowski hasn't committed on the bill. The latter concluded that 35 states would lose $160 billion under Cassidy-Graham.

They also say the cuts to Medicaid would cause millions of Americans to lose their coverage - and the changes would weaken individual insurance markets, making coverage more costly. "The Senate should reject it", the groups said in a statement. The ACA requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions without charging more. A public dispute between TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel, whose infant son has a congenital heart defect, and the Senate sponsors took on bitter personal terms this week and demonstrated how little is understood about the legislation.

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