Sen. Graham responds to McCain's opposition to health care bill

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

Senator John McCain has said he can not support his fellow Republicans' latest effort to repeal Obamacare, dealing it a potentially fatal blow. The reason that there is a majority of Republicans in both Houses is because they were voted for on a similar platform, by saying the Democrats should be more involved is actually not how the USA process works.

At a Friday night rally, President Donald Trump berated Arizona Senator #John McCain (R) for refusing to support the Cassidy-Graham health care bill that is being promoted by Trump and the GOP leadership in the Senate.

Senator John McCain has signaled clearly that he will be fighting hard against any kind of Obamacare repeal.

Before McCain's announcement, Republican leaders had planned to move forward with a vote in the coming week, although the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office had yet to complete a full analysis of the Graham-Cassidy legislation. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, in coming out against the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill that supporters say would return control to the states - but critics say would force 32 million Americans off health care and cut billions in aid to states, including Arizona.

McCain, who is battling brain cancer, said he could not "in good conscience" vote for the legislation.

While he said he might have supported a bill that went through the normal process, he could not support this bill "without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it".

"While we sometimes disagree on important issues in health care, we are in total agreement that Americans deserve a stable healthcare market that provides access to high-quality care and affordable coverage for all", the groups said in a statement. "The Senate should reject it".

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told Fox News Channel's "America's News HQ" on Saturday that he is "providing technical assistance and information" to senators working on the bill.

Mr. Trump lashed out at the lawmaker in a series of tweets Saturday morning while calling on a couple make-or-break Republicans to pass the GOP healthcare bill being offered by Sens.

"The reason it's not dead is because it's not finished". Like NAMD, the AAFP called for a CBO score, and also requested hearings, debates, and committee markups for the bill. Cassidy, a physician, is expected to testify.

First and most importantly, that is misleading.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey came out in support of Graham-Cassidy on Monday, saying in a statement it "is the best path forward to repeal and replace Obamacare". But McConnell had little margin for error in a Senate split 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats, and could lose only two votes, counting on Pence to break the tie. "Great for Arizona. McCain let his best friend L.G. down!"

Trump said, "I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!"

If Strange pulls off a come-from-behind-win, Trump will get the credit and an infusion of political capital with elected Republicans when he needs it most. Most observers believe that the yearly deductibles for clients with pre-existing conditions would be higher as well.

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