"So where they end up is really shitty nursing homes where they are trapped and where they'll likely get poor services and die". In politics they call it compromise, deal-making or revisions to the original legislation.
"It is very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins said on CNN's "State of the Union".
"The bill authors' new estimates don't account for major federal funding cuts resulting from transforming Medicaid from an open-ended entitlement into a budgeted program", the article states. The Graham-Cassidy bill would transform the structure of Medicaid, giving states control over how they spend federal funds.
With the G.O.P.'s final attempt to repeal Obamacare on life support after Senator John McCain declared that he would vote "no" on the latest legislation, Republican leadership released a new version of their bill on Sunday that includes revisions created to convince a handful of skeptical lawmakers to throw their support behind a remarkably unpopular bill.
Trump said, "We have 52 Senators, so you lose two, you're out". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have concerns. Democrats are united in their opposition. Starting Oct. 1, fiscal measures will require 60 votes to pass rather than 51, a situation that would force Republicans to form a coalition with some Democrats. "If Obamacare were truly repealed, this entire trillion dollars would not be spent".
So, it was hardly a surprise that Alaska would uniquely benefit from Sec. Some of the last-minute changes to the bill include extra money for Alaska, Maine, Kentucky, Arizona and Texas.
According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, a new version of the measure would add $14.5 billion for states. "It's not for Susan, it's for the Mainers". Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, has also been clear since Graham-Cassidy gained momentum last week that he is opposed to the legislation.
"The White House has actively negotiated with Murkowski, Paul and Collins but feels particularly dire about Collins", Politico reported.
"What it sets up is a perpetual food fight over the formula", Paul told NBC. "'Collins doesn't want to vote "yes" on this, ' this person said". "We already have a problem under the Affordable Care act with the cost of premiums and deductibles, and finally, I'm very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with pre-existing conditions". AFP | Two Republican senators signalled strong opposition Sunday to their party's latest bid to overhaul Obamacare, dealing a potentially fatal blow to one President Donald Trump's top legislative goals.
There may be other defectors.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., has signaled he's not on board with the bill either, according to the Texas Tribune.
Asked in an interview with CNN whether the revisions announced on Monday could sway holdout USA senators into supporting the legislation, Cassidy said: "Absolutely". John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill, Tuesday in Washington.