Key GOP Swing Vote On Health Care: 'Difficult To Envision' Supporting Bill

Trump Lashes Out at GOP Opponents of Health Care Bill

At least one other Republican, Senator Rand Paul (KY), has said he would vote against it, and two other Republican Senators, Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who voted alongside McCain against the so-called "skinny repeal" (the American Health Care Act of 2017) on July 28 are expected to vote against it.

An analysis released Friday by the nonpartisan Brookings Institution found 21 million fewer Americans would have coverage under the plan, while adding the figure "likely understates the reductions in insurance coverage that would actually occur".

The Graham-Cassidy bill would repeal major pillars of Obama's law, replacing them with block grants to states to design their own programs.

Trump, speaking at a political rally Friday night in Alabama, called McCain's opposition "sad" and "a disgusting, terrible thing" for the Republican Party.

Republican Sen. John McCain said Friday he'll oppose the bill in a Senate showdown this week.

In a surprise statement, McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, said: "I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford to lose no more than two votes on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill.

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Republicans have long criticized Obamacare, known formally as the Affordable Care Act, as government overreach into America's healthcare system and have been trying to repeal it for seven years, but without success thus far. "What is clear, however, is that the legislation would result in very large reductions in insurance coverage", Brookings said.

Paul's push to roll back the size of federal spending on health care in the bill could spark debate even among Republicans - especially those anxious about their states' poor losing out on federal money provided under current law.

In a new Washington Post/ABC poll, just 33 percent of voters said they supported the Cassidy-Graham plan, making this last dash at repeal a political burden as well as a whipping test.

In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Trump shared his displeasure with McCain's decision to oppose the Republicans' latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill hasn't been completed. However all of that being said, if they narrow the focus to the things we all agree on, expanding health savings accounts, giving governors more freedom though wavers, slowing down the rate of growth of an outrageous entitlement spending, sure, I would be for that.

"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". Cassidy, a physician, is expected to testify.

Yet Republican congressional leaders, goaded by GOP voters and the president himself, were determined to give it one last try.

President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen.

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Republicans had hoped that McCain would vote in favor of Graham and Cassidy's bill given his close friendship with the two senators.

In addition to Cruz and Lee, several other GOP senators - including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - are undecided about the legislation.

After blasting McCain, Trump on Saturday singled out Paul and Murkowski. I don't think block granting Obamacare makes it go away. Trump wrote on Twitter.

They warn that under the bill patients and consumers will lose important protections and those with significant illnesses will be charged higher premiums and may not be able to buy coverage.

Cassidy, a physician, should take note that his fellow practitioners in the American Medical Association joined other medical groups, insurance companies and hospital organizations in nearly uniform opposition to the bill.

Shares of some health insurers closed higher on Friday after McCain announced his opposition.

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