McCain's moment: Ailing senator plays spoiler again for GOP

McCain's moment: Ailing senator plays spoiler again for GOP”

On Saturday, Trump charged that McCain never meant to vote for the Obamacare repeal bill and that he let Arizona and his best friend, Sen. John McCain on Saturday morning after the Arizona Republican's announcement that he could not support the latest GOP push to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

McCain, an Arizona Republican who is being treated for brain cancer and cast a crucial "no" vote to defeat a similar bill in July, said on Friday that he could not "in good conscience" vote for the proposal authored by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham.

Trump said that McCain's last senatorial campaign "was all about repeal and replace, repeal and replace. Let Arizona down!" Trump tweeted.

Nevertheless, White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said on Sunday's "Meet The Press" that the White House expects the Senate to vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill this week. The bill was also criticized for failing to ensure all people with preexisting conditions would not face higher premiums and for cuts to Medicaid.

That leaves Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska who voted against the last effort, as a key question mark. Since Republicans control 52 of the Senate's 100 seats, and all Democrats are expected to vote no, the plan is in huge trouble. Rand Paul of Kentucky - who's said he'll oppose the latest Republican bill because it doesn't abolish enough of the Affordable Care Act.

An analysis published Friday by the Brookings Institution and the University of California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics projected that roughly 15 million Americans would lose coverage over the next two years if the Graham-Cassidy bill is enacted.

Phil Novack, a spokesman for Cruz, confirmed that the Republican senator said at an event in Texas: "Right now, they don't have my vote, and I don't think they have (Senator) Mike Lee's vote, either". John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Washington.

With 48 Democrats in opposition of Graham-Cassidy, three Republican defections would kill the GOP's latest hope for a repeal.

It wasn't the first time Trump had called out Sen.

"It's very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins said on CNN's "State of the Union".

The Graham-Cassidy bill would take money spent by the US government on the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, as well as subsidies to help Americans buy private insurance, and divvy it up among states in block grants.

The bill passage hinged on support from four undecided Republicans. Sen. But the Senate has failed in at least two attempts, including a failed, final vote in August.

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