Obamacare repeal looks dead, after McCain says he'll vote no
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Sep 25, 2017,
Sep 25, 2017, 0:19
Bernie Sanders to square off against the GOP sponsors of the latest Obamacare repeal bill in a CNN debate next Monday night. But like all the times before, it appears as though the latest GOP incarnation of Obamacare Lite will fall short in Congress.
Jimmy Kimmel, who has been urging viewers to put pressure on lawmakers to oppose the legislation, thanked McCain shortly after his announcement. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", McCain wrote.
Multiple aides involved in the process say the focus on winning Alaska Sen. Both women have been a consistent thorn in the side of Republicans determined to toss out former President Barack Obama's biggest legislative achievement.
On Sept. 22, McCain announced that he would vote against Graham-Cassidy, potentially squanching his GOP colleagues' hopes of passing the repeal legislation.
Over the last week, Paul has publicly skewered Graham-Cassidy for not repealing enough of the Obamacare taxes and not going far enough to rein in federal spending.
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Cassidy had said any healthcare bill must pass what he called "the Jimmy Kimmel test" of providing affordable care for such children and include preventative care for every American.
Then: "Large Block Grants to States is a good thing to do". And it's so fast, some Republican senators who are supporting it can't even say what it does.
He amplified his criticism on Saturday, first tweeting: "John McCain never had any intention of voting for this bill, which his Governor [Doug Ducey] loves". Bill Cassidy is a doctor who worked in a nonprofit hospital serving the underprivileged.
The latest Senate bill, which faces a September 30 deadline to win 50 votes, faces strong opposition from Democrats, who have said it will raise the cost of health insurance and leave millions of American families without coverage.
The senator said he could not "support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it".
Given unified Democratic opposition, Republicans can only afford two defections and still reach the 50-vote threshold. Susan Collins has said publicly she's "leaning against" the bill and has always been expected by Senate leaders to end up opposed, with only two firm "no" votes, the effort still has life, as tenuous as it may be.