Sen. John McCain a 'No' On Graham-Cassidy

Sen. John McCain a 'No' On Graham-Cassidy”

Sen. John McCain of Arizona has announced he'll vote "no" on the latest Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", he continued, "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried".

Behind the scenes, the White House and top Capitol Hill Republicans were said to be offering deals to other potential defectors in exchange for "yes" votes. But insurers, doctors, and health administrators all have criticized the bill as undermining the financial stability of the health care system. Rand Paul of Kentucky as the party's second definitive "no" on the bill. With Democrats unanimously opposed, that's the exact number McConnell can afford to lose.

An effort by GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME has said she is leaning "no" on the proposal. Coincidentally, Trump is holding a rally tonight in Alabama, so we likely won't have to wait long to find out. But we've got some time.

With several other Republicans still undecided on the measure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week he meant to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote next week, though he did not promise to do so.

Vice President Mike Pence indirectly addressed the decision during a speech Friday afternoon in Anderson, Indiana. "This is not going to be easy".

"Graham-Cassidy requires sweeping changes that go beyond earlier "repeal and replace" bills, and pose unique challenges for Alaska", said the analysis prepared by Manatt Health. "President Trump and I are undeterred".

The host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live", repeatedly attacked the bill and one of its co-authors, Sen.

Up until McCain's announcement Friday, close McConnell allies were still optimistic McCain's relationship with Graham might make the difference. They face a September 30 deadline, at which point special rules that prevent a Democratic filibuster will expire. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee had held bipartisan hearings over the last month on how to stabilize Obamacare marketplaces and were making progress in their negotiations. "Far from it", McCain said. "I have assured Sen. I have assured Senator McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process".

"A vote against Graham-Cassidy is a vote to save ObamaCare", Pence told a crowd in Anderson, Ind., speaking of the legislation co-sponsored by GOP Sens.

The insurance industry, hospitals, medical advocacy groups such as the American Medical Association, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society, the AARP advocacy group for the elderly and consumer activists oppose the bill.

Normally, Congress would delay voting on such a package until after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is able to "score" the legislation-analyze it and report back on the bill's likely human and economic impacts.

After the Senate failed in several attempts in July, the legislation looked dead.

"I won't vote for Obamacare Lite that keeps 90% of the taxes & spending just so some people can claim credit for something that didn't happen", Paul tweeted on Friday.

Senator McCain posted a statement on his official Twitter account to explain his decision. By 2020, Brookings estimates, roughly 21 million fewer people would have insurance if Graham-Cassidy passes.

McCain's "no" vote leaves very little margin for error.

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