Republican McConnell holds out hope for Obamacare repeal

Wednesday, 27 Sep, 2017

GOP Senators John McCain (Ariz.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) declaration their opposition to the bill prior to Collins' announcement.

The decision is another blow to President Donald Trump's attempts to repeal Obamacare, a long-time Republican campaign promise and a centerpiece of his legislative agenda.

Momentum for the bill sputtered Monday morning even after a new version was released by authors Sens.

Sen. Lindsey Graham has spent years crafting a reputation as a bridge-builder, a "consensus guy", on policy areas that typically polarize the two parties.

In a statement, Collins said, "Sweeping reforms to our health care system and to Medicaid can't be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target".

Collins announced her position despite last-minute changes to the bill to get remaining holdouts on board.

Because of the slim majority margin held by Republicans - 52-48 - just three no votes from Republican Senators would kill the bill.

Earlier in the day, McConnell hinted there might not be a vote, saying from the Senate floor that debate on a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would continue, but he did not commit to a vote. Some, like him, wanted to talk about the repeal bill. But it was only a partial analysis because of the limited time CBO had to examine it. It's not to throw 30 million people off of health insurance. Murkowski, who voted against the failed GOP bills in July, has said she's analyzing the measure's impact on her state, where medical costs are high.

Graham-Cassidy would end the Medicaid expansion in 2020 and reduce the money given to Medicaid by changing how it's allocated. Now layer on severe funding cuts, ultimately punishing every state; the removal of the individual mandate, which makes sure risk pools aren't dominated by the most expensive patients; and the unwinding of federal regulations created to protect those with pre-existing conditions and to make sure the insurance plans that consumers buy actually cover anything.

Collins joins Arizona Sen. Those two, along with Kentucky's Sen. The scoring agency estimates "millions" of Americans would lose coverage under Graham Cassidy through 2026, "compared with the baseline projections for each year".

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Sen. Bill Cassidy on Monday pledged not to give up on his Obamacare repeal plan despite lacking GOP support to win its passage by a Saturday deadline. "We had over 10,000 signatures of nursing home residents, stakeholders, and communities sign a petition in opposition to this frightful bill that will decimate the actual long-term care community", says Gallin.

"Everybody knows that's going to fail", said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, who led a five-hour hearing on the bill on Monday afternoon.

Every major organization that represents the concerns of patients, of doctors, of the elderly and of the poor opposes this bill. He reviewed the current bill draft for "Health Affairs Blog".

Indeed, Paul's office has already said that having seen the new amendments, Paul remains opposed to the bill.

States that expanded Medicaid to cover low-income adults, as well as those where lots of residents have signed up for subsidized private health insurance, were more likely to be losers under the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Other Republicans are wavering, too.

You'd have to be an idiot to count on Susan Collins, so why blame her?

The Republican senator called the protesters "good fodder for Twitter", proclaiming that the Senate panel is above such "shenanigans".

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley summed up the GOP political calculation in a call with reporters last week.