John McCain's opposition to the latest GOP effort to pass a health care bill "sad" and "a terrible, frightful thing for the Republican Party". Democratic Representative Joe Courtney said, "I applaud [McCain's] decision to follow his conscience and break with his party", and also called for a bipartisan approach to healthcare reform. Aides say the legislation is still changing as leaders hunt the 50 GOP "yes" votes they'll need to turn this summer's jarring Senate rejection of the party's crusade to erase President Barack Obama's law into an eleventh-hour triumph. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, the repeal bill would end the ACA's Medicaid expansion, which has provided insurance to about 600,000 people in Washington.
But the Cassidy-Graham proposal - let's have hearings on that - and real hearings, not sham hearings.
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Jimmy Kimmel's health care battle continued on Thursday night - but rather than focus on the latest ramblings of Fox & Friends co-anchor Brian Kilmeade, the late-night comedian turned his attention to President Donald Trump. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. McCain become the second Senate Republican to refuse to support the legislation. Murkowski has been studiously neutral on this latest bill.
In her home state on Friday, Collins signaled that she is edging close to becoming a decided "no".
Given McCain's stature among among the centrist bloc in the Senate, his "no" is more than simply a single vote against the legislation. President Trump tweeted this morning, John McCain never had any intention of voting for this bill, which his governor loves.
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Shares of some health insurers closed higher on Friday after McCain announced his opposition. Which - for Trump, McConnell and other Senate leaders - is deja vu all over again. The new measure takes funds for health care largely out of federal control and places them in states' hands.
The Times reported that the three Republican Senators who vehemently opposed the past efforts to repeal the ACA, Sens. There are already two Republican senators on record opposing the bill from GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who voted against the last repeal bill, is also uncertain about backing the bill.
Collins' concerns over Graham-Cassidy have ranged across a host of issues, including the way the bill would end Obamacare subsidies and Medicaid expansion, and instead give states a set amount of funding through block grants. "He'd sign copies of the Quran at the Barnes & Nobel in Fallujah (Iraq) if it meant he could get rid of Obamacare", he added. Sixty-one times to repeal and replace.
It proved anything but. But the White House is apparently encouraging the renewed effort. In a Tweet Friday, Paul wrote "Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare "repeal" doesn't make it true". He was one of four Republican senators who had been undecided.
The latter now seems like the far more likely option at this point.
"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", McCain said in a statement, according to Bloomberg.