McCain 'never had any intention' of backing latest health care bill

McCain 'never had any intention' of backing latest health care bill

McCain 'never had any intention' of backing latest health care bill

President Donald Trump on Saturday upbraided Arizona Senator John McCain for disappointing the voters of his state, saying the senator "let Arizona down" by opposing the GOP's latest effort to reform health care, imperiling the Republicans' drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The Graham-Cassidy legislation, which was expected to be voted on next week in the Senate, would get rid of some mandates of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but for the most part would put its taxes in place and redistribute the money to states in the form of block grants.

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.

The Republican Party, despite campaigning ferociously for Obamacare repeal for almost seven years, could never agree on how to turn those promises into reality without sending the healthcare industry into a tailspin.

Late Saturday, six associations representing United States doctors, hospitals and insurers said they opposed the bill because it would cause patients with pre-existing conditions to lose coverage and result in more expensive health insurance. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski are undecided.

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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. This complicated passage in the 100-member Senate, where Republicans hold 52 seats and Democrats are unanimously opposed to repeal-and-replace measures.

Paul is the other Republican senator to publicly announce his opposition.

One other Republican senator, Rand Paul, is also against the party's latest bill.

MA has the highest rate of insured people in the nation, with 97.5 percent of residents having either private, employer or government-backed medical coverage previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

As early as next week, the U.S. Senate could take up a proposal by Sens.

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

Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas issued a statement Friday defending his support for the Cassidy-Graham health care bill, which independent analysts said would reduce the amount of federal funds going to Arkansas and other states that expanded their Medicaid programs while providing more money to states, such as Texas and MS, that did not expand Medicaid.

The House passed its own repeal bill in May, prompting Trump to convene a Rose Garden celebration that soon began to look premature. However, McMaster in his letter directly to Trump did not mention Graham's name once or discuss the legislative proposal in depth. The state's Medicaid program, MassHealth, covers more than 1.9 million people, including 300,000 added as a result of the federal law. "Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it". Murkowski and Paul can save the day to repeal Obamacare; the Senate needs both of their votes and Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie to pass an Obamacare repeal bill through the Senate.

It's also unclear if senators on the fence would support a procedural motion on the bill even if they decide they are against Graham-Cassidy in the end. He said that score - like the vote - will come later in the week. Chuck Schumer sold John McCain a bill of goods.

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