Health care groups oppose GOP bill

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2017

President Donald Trump slammed McCain at a rally in Alabama on Friday night, saying the Arizona senator's opposition to the Cassidy-Graham bill is "terrible, honestly bad". Ted Cruz said Sunday that he does not now support the Senate GOP's latest bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, though he emphasized that he's working with the sponsors of the bill in order to get to a "yes".

While Republicans have pledged to repeal the Obama-era health care reforms, they have struggled to secure enough support to do so amid fears that proposed alternatives would dramatically increase the number of Americans without health insurance.

A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., would give states control over health care by providing them with block grants that expire in 2026. "I'm concerned about the impact on cost and coverage", Said Collins, adding, "We already have a problem under the Affordable Care act with the cost of premiums and deductibles, and finally, I'm very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with pre-existing conditions".

Other undecided GOP senators reportedly include Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rob Portman of OH, and Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia.

But President Trump won the election on a mandate to repeal and replace. At an event in Portland, Maine, on Friday morning, she said she was "leaning against the bill", according to the Portland Press Herald.

Collins, from ME, said her "no" vote is all but official.

"I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!" "Murkowksi and Collins, I think you could see some conversations, but everyone is keeping powder dry and waiting to hear from (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell", one conservative source outside of Capitol Hill said. Like their previous efforts, the Graham-Cassidy bill has not gone through the regular order of the U.S. Senate, and it faces opposition from multiple patient advocate and medical provider groups. A study from consulting firm Avalere Health estimated the state would receive about $133 billion less in federal funding under the latest health care plan. They are using the days prior to the deadline to approve the bill with only Republican votes, as per the budget rules.

As Republican leaders scramble for votes, a chief target is Sen.

"Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare "repeal" doesn't make it true".

If one of the two senators announces opposition to the latest bill, it can not pass the Senate.

McCain compared the bill to Obamacare, saying it relied on party lines for passage and would not create a lasting solution.

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