McCain torpedoes Republican Obamacare repeal plan again

Frederick Owens
September 25, 2017

John McCain for opposing Republican efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. John McCain over the Arizona Republican's opposition to the latest effort to overhaul the nation's health law.

Paul, interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press", attacked the centerpiece of the Republican bill that would have the federal government basically turn the health insurance system over to states in the form of "block grants".

Sen. Luther Strange is pushing back against critics who say President Donald Trump has lost touch with his base because he is supporting the establishment favorite in Alabama's Republican runoff election. Were 50 senators to vote affirmatively, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the final vote in the affirmative, passing the bill. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as two declared GOP "no" votes on the repeal legislation, though Mr. Trump held out hope on Mr. Paul. Most observers believe that the yearly deductibles for clients with pre-existing conditions would be higher as well. I'm excited about solutions we have found in Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson.

Trump's bill gives USA states the power to opt out of some of the federal regulations embedded in Obamacare, although most states, including McCain's home state, would overall receive fewer federal healthcare funds than they do under Obamacare.

A Ducey tweet reacting to McCain's announcement Friday doesn't mention McCain but says the governor still supports the bill and encourages others to do the same.

Democrats, who are pushing for bipartisan talks in the Senate health committee, have said that they are on guard and will keep up the pressure. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped of hurt by it.

It is the second time he has thwarted his party leadership on the issue.

According to analysis released on Friday, if the Graham-Cassidy bill were to pass, 32 million fewer Americans would have health insurance by 2027.

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Trump also used Twitter to pressure two other Republican lawmakers to support the bill.

Mr McCain said it was wrong to pass such far-reaching legislation without input from both main parties.

Paul - who objects to the legislation on the grounds that it does not fully repeal the Affordable Care Act - responded in a series of tweets saying he "won't be bribed or bullied" into changing his mind.

Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderates who joined McCain in voting down the last attempt at Senate reform, have not confirmed their position, although Collins said on Friday that she was "leaning against" it.

If Strange pulls off a come-from-behind-win, Trump will get the credit and an infusion of political capital with elected Republicans when he needs it most.

First and most importantly, that is misleading.

A spokeswoman for Ms. Murkowski, Karina Petersen, said early Friday evening that the senator was continuing to study the Graham-Cassidy bill and its projected effects.

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