In July the maverick Republican returned to the Senate just days after having surgery for brain cancer to side with the Democrats to block the controversial "skinny repeal".
In a statement, McCain said he takes no pleasure in opposing his party's last ditch effort to gut the Affordable Care Act, but that he can't in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy legislation. Before that deadline, the bill needs only 50 votes in the Senate, plus Vice President Mike Pence's tiebreaker.
Graham's close friend and colleague John McCain, R-Ariz., cited this violation of regular order in announcing his opposition to the bill Friday, which may have been its death knell. "The Affordable Care Act should be repealed and replaced with something that works, that is affordable, that continues to provide access to health care, all the while providing a mechanism to better control costs".
McCain's "no" vote makes it very likely Republicans won't be able to repeal and replace Obamacare before September 30, as Sen.
"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", McCain said of the bill proposed by Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. John McCain, Tennessee's USA senators said today the measure will help Tennessee with more money and more choices and they hope it passes the full Senate next week.
Democrats are as rare in Alabama as Louisiana State fans, but Trump warned that Moore, a controversial religious fundamentalist, would have "a very good chance of not winning in the general election" later this year. Great for Arizona. McCain let his best friend L.G. down!
Shortly after Sen. John McCain said he wouldn't support the GOP's healthcare bill, President Trump lashed out at a Friday night rally, caught off guard by the senator's decision. "I'm leaning against the bill", she said at an event in Maine Friday, according to the the Portland Press Herald.
"Alaska had a 200% plus increase in premiums under Obamacare, worst in the country".
Texas now has the highest percentage of people without health insurance in the country, with an uninsured rate in 2016 of 16.6 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to support the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has already voiced his opposition to the latest proposal.
Collins is widely believed to be opposed to Graham-Cassidy, as she has voted against all previous versions of GOP repeal bills, but she has not yet made her position on this bill public.
Along with McCain, that would leave Republicans with 49 votes, at most, for the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to bring the bill to the floor for a vote some time next week. Liberals will respond that universal health insurance helps stabilize and lift up the working class. Conservatives will object that Medicaid reduces work-force participation and possibly subsidizes opioid addiction and that its value to beneficiaries is overstated.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which analyzes legislation, has not had time to assess the Graham-Cassidy bill before the expected vote.
The Graham-Cassidy bill would repeal major pillars of the health law and replace them with block grants to states to design their own programs. "Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it", he said. "Let Arizona down!" Trump wrote about McCain on Twitter early Saturday morning.
Additional concerns have been raised about how well the bill would protect those with pre-existing conditions, a popular facet of the Affordable Care Act. Todd Young (317-226-6700) and Joe Donnelly (317-226-5555) today and ask them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill.