Sen. Lindsey Graham: We'll get the votes for Obamacare repeal bill

Geneva Matthews
September 25, 2017

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.

Analyses of the Graham-Cassidy bill by independent groups show both Alaska and ME would suffer significant reductions in federal funding for coverage subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and traditional Medicaid compared with current law.

"Health care is too important to get wrong", the statement reads.

They also say the cuts to Medicaid would cause millions of Americans to lose their coverage - and the changes would weaken individual insurance markets, making coverage more costly.

Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door Sunday to supporting the last-ditch Republican health care bill, leaving her party's drive to uproot President Barack Obama's health care law dangling by an increasingly slender thread. National opinion surveys show that overall a majority of Americans want to keep the current law, although many Republicans do not.

The Texas Republican said he and Lee discussed the measure with its sponsors - GOP Sens.

Senators John McCain and Rand Paul already have expressed opposition. That means there will nearly certainly be enough GOP opposition to sink it. GOP leaders are also expected to unveil their most detailed blueprint yet of the tax reform plan they hope to pass by the end of the year. On Friday, he pushed back pressure from President Donald Trump, saying he won't be "bribed or bullied". "Far from it. The bill's authors are my dear friends", he said.

Asked on "This Week" what he will tell people if he comes up short, Graham responded: "That I did everything I could to get money and power out of Washington to give you better health care closer to where you live and I'm not going to stop fighting".

Trump's comments come a day after Sen.

Up until McCain's announcement, McConnell allies were optimistic McCain's relationship with Graham might make the difference. Lisa Murkowski's vote has continued into the weekend, with changes seen to benefit her state related to the state's funding formula in the bill and the timeline for implementation. "McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process".

Eyes are also on Alaska Sen. John McCain over the Arizona Republican's opposition to the latest effort to overhaul the nation's health law.

In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Trump criticized McCain's announced decision the he would vote in support of repealing the bill. He campaigned on Repeal & Replace. Mr. McCain, along with Sens.

Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford to lose the support of only two Republicans, assuming all Democrats vote against the measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act better known as Obamacare. John McCain's opposition to the latest GOP effort to pass a health care bill "sad" and "a terrible, awful thing for the Republican Party". Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. The present Senate health care bill, the Cassidy-Graham bill, was developed behind closed doors by a small group of senators. He said Medicaid block grants would shift money from Democratic-leaning states to Republican ones and set up a "food fight" every time partisan control of Congress shifts.

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