Obamacare repeal bill in doubt in Senate as key Republicans' concerns deepen

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During the election campaign Trump had pledged to quickly kill President Barack Obama's health care program - "It will be easy", he contended - and he has publicly chided McConnell for not winning passage before now.

"John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves", Trump said in a Saturday tweet.

Paul said, "I have always been a yes for repeal but the bill, the Graham-Cassidy bill, unfortunately, basically keeps most of the Obamacare spending, nearly all of it and it just reshuffles it and block grants it to the states".

"It's very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of The Union".

"I'm leaning against the bill", said Collins, who was one of three Republicans to reject the last repeal attempt in July, according to the Press Herald. Collins said sponsors were making last-minute adjustments in the measure's formulas used to distribute federal money to the states, and the measure's sponsors said they still meant to plow ahead.

"They could remove the block grants from it, and we can vote on what we actually on agree on", Paul said. Lindsey Graham, McCain's closest Senate ally, and Sen. But Maine GOP Sen. "The problem I have with block grants is that looks like I've affirmatively said I'm okay with 90 percent of Obamacare as long as we reshuffle it and give it to Republican states".

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The Graham-Cassidy bill, sponsored by GOP Sens.

Gov. Paul LePage joined Vice President Mike Pence in Washington Friday. But state governments could waive requirements that insurers not charge more for people with pre-existing conditions or that all health plans cover certain essential benefits.


I'm concerned about the impact on the Medicaid program, which has been on the books for more than 50 years and provides health care to our most vulnerable citizens, including disabled children and low-income seniors.

Collins' vote is key.

Regarding Murkowski, he tweeted that in Alaska: "Deductibles high, people angry!" He said the GOP can pass bills under special budget reconciliation rules that require just 51 votes, "but that's a trick".

"It's not dead", Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, told "Fox News Sunday". Rand Paul, R-Ky., has said he opposes the bill, and Sen.

The method used by federal officials to predict the bill's effects on spending to states differs from that of another major analysis released earlier last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The renewed GOP drive has encountered widespread opposition from health industry groups, which have strongly opposed the effort.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Medicaid funding cuts would equal 16 percent of projected state budgets in 2027. "Let Arizona down!" Trump began Saturday morning. John McCain R-Ariz., on Friday night during his unhinged rally in Alabama, and again on Twitter the next morning, after the senator said he would not vote in favor of the latest Senate Republican health care 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. The bill would establish block grants to states.

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