GOP Senators Oppose Graham-Cassidy, Effectively Blocking Health Care Bill

A workable plan to repeal ACA

A workable plan to repeal ACA

A last-ditch effort by Republicans to repeal Obamacare is in tatters after a key senator came out in opposition.

Shortly after Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced Monday that she would not support the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, some Republicans considered their next move and whether the bill is even worth a vote. Senate Republicans are looking to vote on the bill this week, before a deadline at the end of September would require they get support from Democrats to be able to pass the legislation. ME senator Susan Collins delivering what is the fatal blow saying she can not support the bill. The Arizona senator argued the bill had not been properly vetted in committee, a criticism he repeated last week in explaining his opposition to Graham-Cassidy.

The Cassidy-Graham bill would overhaul the Affordable Care Act by lumping together the current law's spending on insurance subsidies and expanded Medicaid and redistributing it to states in the form of block grants.

Republicans hold 52 seats in the 100-member Senate and can afford just two defectors.

KODJAK: He was a witness and so was Senator Lindsey Graham, his co-sponsor, which was pretty uncommon to have the sponsors of the bill testify. The fact is, ME still loses money under whichever version of the Graham-Cassidy bill we consider because the bills use what could be described as a "give with one hand, take with the other" distribution model. But while Perdue nearly immediately voiced his support for the repeal legislation, Isakson remained tight-lipped even on Monday evening, despite sounding some initial positive notes late last week.

In July, the Republican-controlled Senate rejected three similar GOP measures, a failure that infuriated conservatives and prompted Trump to spend much of his summer tweeting criticism at McConnell for falling short.

"They're still working it and a lot of conversations are going on", No. 3 Senate GOP leader John Thune of South Dakota told reporters.

But that was before the Collins statement was released. Huge Medicaid cuts down the road more than offset any short-term influx of money. And as soon as the hearing opened, they started chanting. A nursing home advocate says she thinks our lawmakers can do better. And eventually, the Capitol police were called in. John McCain (R-Ariz.) "rode in and pulled a Red Wedding" on the legislation co-sponsored by Sens.

"I've never seen insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, patient groups, all of them lined up on the same side", said Julius Hobson, a D.C. -based health care lobbyist and former head of congressional relations for the American Medical Association.

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