"I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", he said. John McCain's defection, the latest GOP effort to repeal Obamacare would likely result in an additional 21 million Americans without health insurance. Rand Paul of Kentucky - who's said he'll oppose the latest Republican bill because it doesn't abolish enough of the Affordable Care Act. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who's also on the fence, announce they will vote against the legislation, Republicans would fall short of repealing ObamaCare - and would mark the second time the effort has failed in the chamber during the Trump administration.
But with next week's deadline looming, and a debt-ceiling and government funding fight that wrapped up more quickly than expected, Republicans - including the President - rallied around Graham-Cassidy last week, even though there was little evidence to suggest that any of the divisions that prevented the advancement of bills earlier this year had been remedied. Given past history, it is very unlikely that Collins and Murkowski will support the Graham-Cassidy legislation.
One of the men behind the bill - Sen.
The latest legislation is being co-sponsored by McCain's close friend, Sen.
I'd add that the evasions and lies we're seeing on this bill have been standard GOP operating procedure for years.
"Anytime people don't have the ability to access health care, they are going to come again through the most expensive venue, which is the emergency room", Couture said. Bill Cassidy. The senator appeared on Kimmel's show last May and promised to oppose any bill that fails to protect those with preexisting conditions, who are now protected from being denied coverage or charged more under Obamacare.
So why are so many Republicans so concerned about voter retribution if they don't repeal Obamacare?
If all three vote no, the bill will nearly certainly be doomed, the Associated Press reported.
CORRECTION: Republican leaders can afford to lose the votes of only two GOP senators, not three, on the current Obamacare repeal bill.
In his statement, McCain said a bill of this magnitude requires a bipartisan approach and reliable answers to its real impacts, including a score from the Congressional Budget Office.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal speaks at the Southwest Community Health Center his opposition to a Republican-backed bill to scrap Obamacare.
After the CBO advised Congress this Monday that it will not be able able to estimate of the Graham-Cassidy bill "for at least several weeks", the senators pushed to get their bill to the Senate floor anyway.
"I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the party!" he wrote.
There had been some progress towards a series of small bipartisan compromises that would tweak the existing system, but they had been put on hold when it appeared Graham-Cassidy was picking up steam.