Senate opposition to Obamacare repeal bill grows


"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", said the Republican in a statement that sent shockwaves through the Capitol yesterday.

Speaking to reporters on the tarmac of Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey, Trump took a jab at Republican leaders who have either come out against or expressed doubt over the latest GOP health-care bill.

During his rally, Trump also stated that he had been provided a list of 10 Senators who "definitely" were slated not to vote for the Graham-Cassidy bill and that McCain's name was not among those on the list.

State governors view Graham-Cassidy as the disaster.

"It is going to be very close". Collins said she hopes that it can start up again.

Two other Republican senators, Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Mike Lee (Utah), indicated that they also may not support the bill. As a outcome, it is now essential for Republican leadership to lock down both Cruz and Lee, and win over two out of three of Paul, Collins, and Murkowski. "Nobody has really offered me that, to say, "Well, we could spend less". Afterwards, any ObamaCare repeal will need 60 votes - and the support of Democrats.

McCain's announcement leaves GOP leadership with no room for error. Centene ended 1.6 percent higher and Humana closed up 0.2 percent.

His opposition all but ensured a major setback for Trump and McConnell, and appeared likely to deepen rifts between congressional Republicans and a president who has begun making deals with Democrats out of frustration with his own party's failure to turn proposals into laws.

Last Wednesday U.S. Rep. Tom Reed sounded less than confident that the Senate would pass the proposed Graham-Cassidy Bill, Republicans' last chance to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Republican senators leading the effort plan to release a revised version of their bill that would send more money to Alaska and ME, the states of two holdout senators, the Washington Post reported late on Sunday.

Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, interviewed on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, said it was hard for her to "envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill". It would limit spending for Medicaid, the federal-state program that now covers more than 70 million low-income people.

KODJAK: So in July, when the Senate was considering previous versions of the health care bill, McCain cast the deciding vote that killed that attempt. On Saturday, six prominent groups representing doctors, hospitals, and insurers ― including both the American Medical Association and America's Health Insurance Plans ― issued a rare joint letter condemning the Graham-Cassidy bill.

McCain opposes the proposal for conscientious reasons and because of his concern that Senate rules for good governance be followed.

Some key Senate Republicans were still pushing to forge ahead. We don't want to say, or believe, that state officers will be any less concerned about the health care of their people than the feds are, but states that failed to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act did a signal disservice.

CHANG: We'll see how that goes.