U.S. President Donald Trump has said that in opposing GOP's latest attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Sen. His words were hailed for their decency and respect for Congress when he called on his fellow senators who were debating legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act to "Return to Regular Order".
McCain said he "cannot in good conscience" vote for the bill put forward by Sens. "Repeal and replace, because John McCain, if you look at his campaign, was all about repeal and replace, repeal and replace". Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she is leaning toward voting no on Graham-Cassidy.
The other, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, voted against the healthcare bills in July but has not given a definitive answer on the Graham-Cassidy bill.
In a series of early-morning tweets, Trump also indicated he isn't giving up on pushing the last-ditch Obamacare replacement through the Senate next week by publicly urging two other Republican opponents to support it.
Up until McCain's announcement, McConnell allies were optimistic McCain's relationship with Graham might make the difference.
The Graham-Cassidy bill in 2020 would end the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which many Democratic-governed states had carried out while many Republican-governed states did not, and limit overall federal spending on the five-decade-old program regardless of how many Americans qualify for its benefits.
The health care bill co-written by McCain's close friend, SC U.S. Sen. A vote for this bill could easily place health insurance beyond the means of many Americans, families who may have children who are ill and have pre-existing conditions.
KODJAK: So in July, when the Senate was considering previous versions of the health care bill, McCain cast the deciding vote that killed that attempt.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which analyzes legislation, has not had time to assess the Graham-Cassidy bill before the expected vote.
President Donald Trump has been a strong critic of the bill, pointing to the increase in premiums in many states and the lack of choice for its consumers. On Saturday, he fired off a few encouraging missives to senators likely to vote down the proposal, including Paul and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski. Rand Paul (R-KY) has already signaled he's against it. Sen.
And then today, Senator Susan Collins in ME - she said at an event that she's leaning against it.
The tweet echoes his remarks from last night's rally in Alabama, where the President stated, "I haven't given up on him, because I think he may come around".
But critics say that when left to the states, the money going into the Medicaid programme for people on low incomes would diminish.
"Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as "the Republican who saved ObamaCare", he tweeted".