Republican Susan Collins likely to deal fatal blow to Graham-Cassidy bill

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

Republican Senator Susan Collins (Maine) also said Sunday that it would be "difficult to imagine" her voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

A showdown vote would have to occur this week to give Republicans any shot at reversing their debacle on the issue in July, when the GOP-run Senate rejected their initial attempt to dismantle Obama's law. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

On Sunday, treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said that if the bill did fail in the Senate, the president would be open to negotiating with Democrats.

Her "no" vote would likely deal a fatal blow to the senate bill as two Republicans, Rand Paul and John McCain, have already come out against it.

Another Republican leaning no on the Graham-Cassidy bill, Sen. It also would take money earmarked for the law's Medicaid expansion and return it to states in the form of block grants.

The measure would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act and shift money and power to the states.

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kentucky's Rand Paul say they oppose the bill.

Cruz says he doesn't think Utah GOP Sen.

Collins said she was troubled by the bill's cuts in the Medicaid program for low-income people.

That's despite the fact the bill would loosen the rules under the Obama health law - by giving states waivers that would let insurers charge more, or tailor benefits to discourage people with costly conditions from signing up.

The Graham-Cassidy bill, introduced earlier this month by Sens.

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press that the administration is not put off by the setbacks and is still planning to push for a vote on Cassidy-Graham this week, with a target date of Wednesday. If party leaders expected to lose, they would have to choose between conservatives demanding no surrender in the GOP's attempt to scrap the law and others seeing no point in another demoralizing defeat.

"[Republicans] should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009", McCain said in a statement explaining why he's chosen not to support the bill.

The bill would repeal much of the 2010 law, including its tax penalties on people who don't buy insurance and on larger employers not offering coverage to workers. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said in a Fox News editorial he would not be voting for the measure.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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