Reed's predicted demise of Graham-Cassidy will probably come true

New Mexico Gov GOP healthcare bill 'still needs some work'

New Mexico Gov GOP healthcare bill 'still needs some work'

McCain, Murkowski and Collins were the three Republican "no" votes who halted another attempt by GOP Senate leaders to repeal and replace Obamacare, the so-called "skinny repeal" bill, which lost in dramatic fashion during a late-night vote in July (Paul backed that legislation).

Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) said she does not expect anything could change her mind on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, which she opposes.

Trump was less conciliatory Saturday morning, saying that McCain "was sold a bill of goods" by Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, the repeal bill would end the ACA's Medicaid expansion, which has provided insurance to about 600,000 people in Washington. Republicans are considering delaying the implementation dates of the bill, which would end Medicaid expansion, cap federal Medicaid payments, and require states to launch their own systems in 2020, GOP sources said. The Arizona senator implored his colleagues to return to regular order and hold bipartisan talks to come to a solution on healthcare, which he said is not what happened with Graham-Cassidy. Cornyn said would he support the bill as it now stands.

In a statement issued on Friday, McCain said, "The bill's authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them".

Senator John McCain dealt the Trump administration's efforts a potentially fatal blow when he said he could not vote for it "in good conscience". Since Republicans control 52 of the Senate's 100 seats, and all Democrats are expected to vote no, the plan is in huge trouble. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as one of two Republican "no" votes on the bill.

Collins, who just two days ago said she was "leaning against" the legislation, on Sunday declared in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union": "It is very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill". The bill would establish block grants to states. I want to be a yes, I want to get there because I think that Obamacare is a disaster.

Trump said "it's fine" and said "we're going to do it eventually, we're going to do it eventually", when talking about repealing Obamacare. Susan Collins (R-ME) is yet to announce her position, but is widely expected to oppose it and has stated it is "very hard for [her] to envision a scenario" where she votes in favor of it.

In a desperate search for 50 votes, Republican leaders are trying to convince Sen.

Paul has already blasted the bill as a "fake" Obamacare repeal for leaving too much of its structure in place, leading Trump to single him out on Twitter. Paul has said he's a "no" and Collins said on CNN Sunday she finds it "very difficult" to see herself backing the bill.

However, Cruz also indicated that GOP leaders could still win his vote if they put in some provisions that he and Lee have requested.

Graham had said over the past several weeks that his governor was likely to be supportive, even as dozens of chief executives from other states signed onto letters praising the Republican effort. It would limit spending for Medicaid, the federal-state program that now covers more than 70 million low-income people.

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