GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow

GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow

Kerry Wise
September 25, 2017

And in a shocking turn of events, the Graham-Cassidy bill actually does not pass the Kimmel Test-nor does it pass the test of, like, any major health organization.

In a lengthy written statement, McCain said he "cannot in good conscience" vote for the legislation from Sens. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not really tried". Senate Republicans can not afford to lose any more GOP defections, given the united Democratic resistance to the measure. Susan Collins has said publicly she's "leaning against" the bill and has always been expected by Senate leaders to end up opposed, with only two firm "no" votes, the effort still has life, as tenuous as it may be. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have been critical of the Graham-Cassidy legislation, and Murkowski has yet to announce how she would vote. "Factually, our bill requires pre-existing illnesses to be covered in the block grant", Graham said in part, adding that the bill would allow "50 states to come up with solutions to help sick people, not just some bureaucrat in Washington".

Whether the bill will actually pass is frighteningly uncertain, he said.

The president followed up on the criticism via Twitter on Saturday morning.

Comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who has voiced strong opposition to the bill and emerged as a leading critic against it, thanked McCain in a tweet after he announced his decision. He campaigned on Repeal & Replace.

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"They didn't care, nobody cared, because they had a President who wasn't going to sign it", Trump said, referring to Republicans votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under his predecessor Barack Obama. Rand Paul of Kentucky has also voiced definitive opposition to the bill.

This does not mean that Obamacare repeal is done and over, but accomplishing anything after the September 30th deadline will be hard for Republicans to accomplish. "I don't know that there's the political will to ensure that low- and moderate-income Texans continue to get coverage that's at least as good and at least as affordable as they do today". It's also unclear if senators on the fence would support a procedural motion on the bill even if they decide they are against Graham-Cassidy in the end.

Between 2020 and 2026, Missouri would receive $4 billion more in federal health spending under the Graham-Cassidy proposal compared to current law, according to an analysis by Avalere funded by the Center for American Progress.

We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009.