Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump attacks McCain and other Republicans over healthcare failure

Trump attacks McCain and other Republicans over healthcare failure

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.

McCain objected to the legislation in part because Senate GOP leaders wanted a vote without holding hearings or debate.

"I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", McCain said of the bill, co-written by Lindsey Graham of SC, his best friend in the Senate, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", McCain said in a statement.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has said he'll oppose the latest bill because it doesn't abolish enough of Obama's 2010 law. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has said she's "leaning against it." Sen.

Since the entire Democratic caucus opposes the bill, Republican leaders can afford to lose only two GOP senators on it. McCain's decision means the bill doesn't appear to have the votes to pass. Sen.

U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday that he would vote against a new Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare if it is brought onto the Senate floor next week, in a new setback for the proposal.

Vice President Mike Pence said the fight wasn't over. "That was a awful thing that happened to the Republican party". Campaign fund-raising was drying up, he said, because of widespread disappointment among donors over the inability of the Republican Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act or do much of anything else.

Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums previous year, with deductibles very high. [Senate minority leader] Chuck Schumer sold John McCain a bill of goods.

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The bill would take federal money spent on the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, as well as subsidies to help individuals buy private insurance, and deliver it to the states in block grants. "Great for Arizona. McCain let his best friend LG down!"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will schedule a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill by September 30, the last day when it could pass in the chamber with a simple majority of 51 votes instead of the 60 typically required. It would also limit spending for Medicaid, the federal-state program that now covers more than 70 million low-income people. It would also enable states to circumvent ACA requirements for coverage of pre-existing conditions.

Other Republicans were less optimistic.

"I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!" The lobbying of Paul, who has ripped Graham-Cassidy on a seemingly hourly basis the past week, has been largely left to the White House.

Regarding Murkowski, he tweeted that in Alaska: "Deductibles high, people angry!" "Lisa M comes through".

McCain's statement of opposition Friday likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week.

According to a new independent analysis, the bill awaiting a Senate vote could lead to 21 million fewer Americans having health insurance.

Despite Trump's tweets, efforts to pass Graham-Cassidy by the end of the month have stalled.

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