US Sen. John McCain to vote against Obamacare repeal

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Collins' vote remains critical in the Republican attempt to get a repeal through the Senate now that Arizona Sen.

But one of the bill's sponsors Sen.

The groups say, "Health care is too important to get wrong". "The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable". Lindsey Graham, would eliminate the requirement that most Americans have to have health insurance, phase out federal funds aimed to help people buy health insurance and allow states to write their own rules on health coverage. "Instead, the specter of September 30 budget reconciliation deadline has hung over this entire process".

CBO estimates of previous Republican proposals showed they could lead to more than 20 million fewer insured Americans.

Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderates who joined McCain in voting down the last attempt at Senate reform, have not confirmed their position, although Collins said on Friday that she was "leaning against" it. That means there will nearly certainly be enough GOP opposition to sink it. He helped round up support for the proposal.

The GOP bill would abolish much of President Barack Obama's 2010 health care overhaul and shift money and decision-making to the states.

It is the second time in two months that he has defied his party and President Donald Trump over efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare", which has always been in Republicans' sights.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has already declared he is a "no" vote, while Republican senators Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, and Susan Collins, of ME, have both leaned strongly against the bill.

In response, President Trump sent the following tweets this morning.

A vote on the bill has been scheduled for next week.

That leaves Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska who voted against the last effort, as a key question mark. It replaces direct aid to individuals with block grants to states, under a formula that sharply reduces funding relative to current law, and especially penalizes states that have done a good job of reducing the number of uninsured.

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Murkowski and Walker have been in close touch during her deliberations over the bill.

Just yesterday, Trump attacked the Kentucky senator on twitter.

McCain had emphasized over the last few weeks that he wanted the Graham-Cassidy measure to go through the regular order that involves reviewing it and marking it up at the committee level.

Trump tweets: "John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves".

"Who knows why McCain is doing this", she said.

McCain had said earlier in the day he could not "in good conscience" vote for the bill. Trump made mention of this connection as well, calling Graham "L.G".

According to the Post, pollsters told voters that the bill, proposed by Louisiana Sen.

On Friday, the Republican senator announced he would vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill.

"I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that Arizona could lose $6.9 billion by 2027 under Graham-Cassidy; another consultant, Avalere, put Arizona's estimated losses at $19 billion by 2027. Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (R-Ky.), who has called the bill "ObamaCare lite".

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