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Republicans See Political Necessity In Health Care Effort

Republicans See Political Necessity In Health Care Effort

Slamming McCain's decision made a day before that he could not "in good conscience" vote for the health care legislation that the Trump administration has been lobbying for in the Senate, Trump fired off a series of tweets on Saturday morning.

The new bill would give states money in block grants to run their own healthcare programmes.

The Graham-Cassidy bill now being considered in the Senate threatens to eliminate the Medicaid expansion.

Surprisingly, Trump appeared to be wooing Paul - the first Republican senator to come out against the bill - to switch: "I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!"

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.

Still, she stopped short of declaring that she would vote against the measure, saying she wanted to wait for an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that is expected to be released early this week.

Over the last week, Paul has publicly skewered Graham-Cassidy for not repealing enough of the Obamacare taxes and not going far enough to rein in federal spending. John McCain's announcement on Friday that he will not support the Graham-Cassidy bill has put the fate of the GOP's efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare into doubt. Because of united Democratic opposition, the measure would fail if just three of the 52 Republican senators oppose it. So not only would people lose access to health care that they need, it would be a devastating blow to the community.

In a statement issued on Friday, McCain said, "The bill's authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them".

Republicans are still reeling from the collapse in July of their efforts to secure Senate passage of previous legislation to repeal Obamacare.

The senator added that if they could "remove the block grants" from the bill, or "block grant at pre-Obama levels", he could vote for it.

"It is very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins said.

Senator John McCain has signaled clearly that he will be fighting hard against any kind of Obamacare repeal.

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. The budget office is expected to provide a preliminary fiscal assessment early in the week, but it indicated that it would not be able to complete an analysis of the bill's effects on health insurance coverage or premiums by September 30.

In the meantime, the best thing that could happen to the Graham-Cassidy bill is a quiet death. "I'm very excited about it", Graham said.

Trump then targeted McCain's friendship with Lindsey Graham, saying that he "let his best friend L.G. down!"

Cruz continued, "If you want prices to go down - Econ 101, you want prices to go down, you want more choices, more options, more competition, and prices fall", he said.

228469228494228494Kaine: Jamming a health care bill through Congress isn't OKSen. With all Democrats opposed to repealing Obamacare, Republicans can afford only two defections, with Vice President Mike Pence poised to vote for the repeal in the event of a 50-50 deadlock.


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