Pence calls Graham-Cassidy bill "last, best chance" for health care reform

The Arizona Republican, who is good friends with co-sponsor Sen.

On Friday, McCain seemed to quash Republican hopes to push Graham-Cassidy through the Senate before a 30 September deadline, after which it would require a 60-vote supermajority to pass, on the way to making good on a seven-year promise to undo Barack Obama's signature domestic reform. McCain, in a statement, said that he believes that his colleagues in Congress can do a better job, and they haven't even begun trying.

McCain said he was withholding his support for the measure because it is not yet known "how much it will cost, how it will impact insurance premiums and how many people will be helped or hurt by it". Susan Collins (R-Maine) also cast no votes, leaving the party short. Collins said earlier Friday that she was "leaning against" the bill.

In his speech, Trump also said that he was provided a list of 10 Republican senators who were "absolute no's" on the Obamacare repeal, saying McCain was not on the list. So not only would people lose access to health care that they need, it would be a devastating blow to the community.

Graham said that their health-care bill will cover pre-existing conditions, while adding that he sympathized with Kimmel, whose child had been diagnosed with a heart condition shortly after birth.

McCain "let Arizona down.", the president wrote on Twitter.

A US GOP Senator has announced his displeasure against pressure to vote for the latest Senate plan aimed at repealing Obamacare, saying he "won't be bribed or bullied".

"Previous partial repeals he voted for left the "replace" fight for another day, enabling him to vote yes", Gor said.

Thursday on "Fox & Friends", Cassidy repeated his claim that Kimmel does not understand the bill, the Huffington Post reported.

"John McCain, if you look at his last campaign, it was all about repeal and replace, repeal and replace", Trump told the crowd.

The new healthcare bill, which was expected to go up for a vote next week, would eliminate key provisions under Obamacare, including the elimination of Medicare expansion and the requirement that insurance companies cover essential health benefits, and would change the structure of funding to states.

With Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) already expressing opposition to the bill and Sen. That date would mark the expiration of Senate Republicans' ability to pass an ACA repeal through budget reconciliation, which would bypass a filibuster from Senate Democrats. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

Given unified Democratic opposition, Republicans can only afford two defections and still reach the 50-vote threshold.


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