McCain deals potential death blow to GOP health bill

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2017

John McCain, going after the Arizona Republican on Twitter after he threw the Senate GOP's latest health care effort into jeopardy. McCain said he could not support the bill not knowing how much it would cost and how it would affect insurance coverage, adding that he believed both parties could do better if they work together on legislation.

"It's a little tougher without McCain's vote, I'll be honest".

President Donald Trump is calling Sen.

He's taken to Twitter to try to sway GOP Sen. John McCain for opposing the latest GOP attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying McCain was snookered by Democrats to let down his best friend, who authored the proposed bill.

In July, McCain was the key vote that killed the last GOP effort to dump Obamacare, flashing a dramatic thumbs down on the Senate floor in the waning minutes of the vote. They face a September 30 deadline, at which point special rules that prevent a Democratic filibuster will expire. McCain's rejection of the Graham-Cassidy proposal effectively ends the party's chances at repealing Obamacare - for now. Major medical groups are opposed, saying millions of people would lose insurance coverage and protections, and a bipartisan group of governors also has announced opposition.

President Donald Trump talks with reporters about the Graham-Cassidy health care bill during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in NY.

The House passed its own repeal bill back in May, prompting Trump to convene a Rose Garden celebration, which soon began to look premature. Trump pushed hard, hungry for a win.

Trump said that McCain's last senatorial campaign "was all about repeal and replace, repeal and replace".

Paul spokesman Sergio Gor told CNN Friday that Paul is "unlikely" to change his mind even if changes were made to the bill, and a leadership aide said they thought Paul was way too far gone to come back around now. It doesn't include potential impacts on changes in several areas, including funding for Medicaid enrollees not part of the expansion.

"Graham-Cassidy puts federal spending on a budget - a realistic, manageable and achievable budget", Hutchinson said. The same analysis shows other states would lose ground. Most notably, the then-candidate was widely criticized after he questioned McCain's credentials as a war hero, citing his capture during the Vietnam War.

The bill would get rid of unpopular mandates for people to carry insurance or face penalties. The bill would also require insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions, one of the requirements set forth by Trump. I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment.

Information for this article was contributed by Erica Werner, Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar of The Associated Press; by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear of The New York Times; by Sean Sullivan, Juliet Eilperin and Kelsey Snell of The Washington Post; and by Andy Davis of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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