Sen. John McCain's opposition to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law has dealt a likely fatal blow to the legislation and perhaps to the Republican Party's years of promises to kill the programme.
"Don't give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace", Trump tweeted in late July.
The Republican dream of repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, has perished and been revived often enough that we're wary of declaring it dead now.
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". John McCain, R-Ariz., opposes the latest iteration of "repeal and replace" comes as the opportunity to dodge a Democratic filibuster is running out. His vote on the Graham (R-SC)/Cassidy (R-LA) bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could be the last important vote he will ever take in the Congress.
President Donald Trump on Saturday continued his criticism of Sen. For now, the source says, there are only two public "no" votes - McCain and Kentucky Sen.
"I don't know what Scott Walker would do" if given that authority, Pocan said.
Adding, "Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums past year, with deductibles very high". Most observers believe that the yearly deductibles for clients with pre-existing conditions would be higher as well. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME has said she is leaning "no" on the proposal, and there are still questions as to where Alaska Republican Sen.
Without Mr. McCain's support it is unlikely the Graham-Cassidy bill has the 50 votes needed to pass, as Sen. The Cassidy-Graham bill will adversely affect these Americans by making them pay much higher premiums to cover those illnesses.
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McConnell has been trying to schedule a vote on the bill by September 30, which is the last day it could pass with only a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate.
None of that will alter the simple dynamic that made itself clear over the course of the past months, however.
But the Brookings Institution said on Friday that the Graham-Cassidy bill could leave at least 21 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2020 to 2026.
At the end of this week, the clock will run out on the procedural rule that would let Senate Republicans wreck the health of the country without votes from both parties.
President Donald Trump warned on Twitter on Friday, "Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as 'the Republican who saved ObamaCare.'" The president is working the phone on the issue and is "open to having face-to-face meetings", adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News.
With Senate Democrats unanimously opposed, two is the exact number of GOP votes that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., can afford to lose.
Republicans have long deplored Obamacare, known formally as the Affordable Care Act, as government overreach into the United States healthcare system. A commonality between the two groups is that the system of health care needs to be improved, that Obamacare has flaws that must be fixed.
KODJAK: Well, what the senator said is he wants Congress to return to what's called regular order, which is when they have a bill go through the normal debate process.