Collins: 'Very difficult' to imagine backing GOP health care bill

Frederick Owens
September 25, 2017

McCain shocked his GOP colleagues and the national at large when his "no" vote alongside Collins and Murkowski sank the Senate's August attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare that both President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) backed. The bill cuts Medicaid funding over time.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said on Sunday that he will not support the latest bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, possibly delivering the final blow to his party's already foundering health care reform effort.

A spokeswoman for Murkowski, Karina Petersen, said Saturday: "Senator Murkowski has seen the president's tweet but is still analysing the bill and waiting to hear from CBO to determine its potential impacts for Alaskans".

Last week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) seemingly killed the GOP's latest attempt to repeal Obamacare when he released a statement saying he could not support the Graham-Cassidy bill. It is taking it from Democrat states and giving it to Republican states.

"We're moving forward. And we'll see what happens next week". "If not, ObamaCare collapses, and people go without health care".

Senator Lindsey Graham, who is leading the charge on the latest version of Obamacare repeal, told ABC: "The only way you know how people will vote is you have the vote", adding, "I think we're going to get the votes". But Short says the White House is continuing its effort to win over "the last couple senators to get there".

It would eliminate Obama's expansion of Medicaid and the subsidies it provides millions of people to reduce their premiums and out of pocket costs, substituting block grants to states. 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".

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

The entire Democrat caucus opposes the bill, meaning Republicans can only afford to lose two votes if the measure is to pass.

Trump says the bill would be "great for Arizona" and he says McCain "let his best friend L.G. down!" Murkowski voted against the Obamacare repeal bill in July, but has yet to state her position on the latest draft. Todd Young (317-226-6700) and Joe Donnelly (317-226-5555) today and ask them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill. "We continue to work with the authors on it through this weekend", Price said.

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.

But for Senate Republicans, the first order of business this week is resolving the health-care push - one way or the other.

"John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves". Obama said. "And so, when I see people trying to undue that hard won progress for the 50th or 60th time with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage or roll back protections for older Americans or people with pre-existing conditions, the cancer survivor, the expecting mom, the child with autism or asthma for whom coverage, once again, would be nearly unattainable".

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