Trump tweetstorm blasts McCain for opposing Obamacare repeal

Posted September 25, 2017

Despite President Donald Trump's pressure on his fellow Republicans for quick passage, Senator Susan Collins also appeared poised to oppose her party's latest replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama's signature achievement.

On Friday, Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from ME, also inched closer to closing the door on Graham-Cassidy, saying that she was "leaning against", the bill, according to a report from The Portland Press Herald.

She noted that she would take a final decision following a preliminary assessment of the bill's impact by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Collins and Murkowski were the only Republicans who voted "no" on four pivotal votes on earlier versions of the GOP legislation this summer.

The Texas Republican said he and Lee discussed the measure with its sponsors - GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

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The closely divided Senate means that the Republicans, who control the chamber, can not lose more than two GOP senators if they hope to pass the legislation. Rand Paul, significantly hurts the GOP's latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. "I have a number of serious reservations about it".

She stated that she had several concerns related to the proposal.

Paul says the bill would keep most "Obamacare" spending and reshuffle the money into block grants that would set up "a perpetual food fight" among states over the formula. Collins has said that she fears Graham-Cassidy might also take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions if insurers in certain states are allowed to charge more based on a person's health history. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, and Rep. Ann Wagner to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill and not to support any health care proposal that cuts Medicaid, weakens coverage, or eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

He continued: "Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums a year ago, with deductibles very high". McCain's opposition will likely sink the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence met with Maine's own governor, Paul LePage, in Washington to discuss the Republican agenda, but also to add pressure to Collins.

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There's little evidence it will work.

Graham remained optimistic that McCain would eventually support the bill, telling an ABC affiliate on Thursday, "He won't vote because of our friendship, I would never ask him".

He also claimed that Arizona's Obamacare premiums went up 116% past year, and added that Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. "But that has not been the case", he said in a statement on Friday.

It was Trump's second attack in three days on Paul, R-Ky., for so far being the only GOP senator to say he'll vote against the bill in a Senate showdown looming next week. This is the time for bipartisan action - but that's easier said than done. "Nothing has been brought to my attention that would increase my comfort level". Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, it would not have the votes to pass, and would be the last Republican attempt to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature legislation before a September 30 procedural deadline that allows the GOP to pass health care legislation without the support of any Democrats or independents.

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