Sen. Collins Joins Opposition to Latest Health Care Bill


Adding urgency to the matter, Senate Republicans have until September 30 to make use of special budget rules under which they can pass a repeal bill with only a simple majority, rather than needing Democratic votes. Susan Collins of ME, came out against the bill. Lindsey Graham, one of the bill's principal authors, had framed it as "federalism versus socialism".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (L) sits beside U.S. President Donald Trump during a leadership lunch at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 1, 2017.

Paul said there are parts of the Graham-Cassidy bill that he supports like expanding health savings accounts, waivers for governors and capping entitlement spending.

"At some point there will be a repeal and replace", Trump said when reporters asked if he wanted the Senate to vote on the measure this week.

Republicans decided Tuesday against bringing the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill to the floor for a vote, a GOP aide told Business Insider, effectively killing the party's latest push to overhaul the United States healthcare system. The Graham-Cassidy bill would eliminate the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid.

Second, both bills open the door for states to weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. Along with Collins and McCain, GOP Sens. The latest revisions to the Graham-Cassidy plan sweeten the pot for states where key senators remain undecided.

During a radio interview Monday, President Trump seemed cautious about the bill's success.

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Republicans were elected to repeal Obamacare and their power stems from people who trusted them when they said they would do this.

Facing assured defeat, Republican leaders decided Tuesday not to even hold a vote on the GOP's latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law, surrendering on their last-gasp effort to deliver on the party's banner campaign promise. None of their concerns could be easily fixed by changing funding formulas.

In the most contentious congressional vote of Trump's presidency in May, lawmakers voted 217 to 213 to pass the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill.

It also said the bill would dramatically change the Medicaid program. But the analysis it released Monday evening says "the number of people with comprehensive health insurance that covers high-cost medical events would be reduced by millions" compared with current law. "But this bill? It doesn't do that", Klobuchar said. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told the magazine shortly after Collins' announcement. Paul and others who vote against it, he said, risked being remembered as the Republicans who preserved Obamacare.

"I think ultimately the flexibility that's being offered to states here is the flexibility to make politically painful choices about what to cut, where to cut, who to cut, and how deeply", said Sabrina Corlette, research professor at the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms.

With the Senate now moving on to tax reform, another Republican-only attempt to repeal Obamacare will nearly certainly not occur until 2018, an election year.