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McCain torpedos Republican effort to repeal Obamacare

McCain torpedos Republican effort to repeal Obamacareā€

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on Congress to exercise caution as the Senate approaches a vote on the Republican Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill.

McCain, who is battling brain cancer in the twilight of a remarkable career, said he could not "in good conscience" vote for the legislation.

Like other states, OH would also gain new flexibility in determining how to spend the federal money it receives under the Senate bill, crafted by Sens.

U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of SC are pushing colleagues in the upper chamber to pass their health care bill, which they tout as the last, best chance to topple Obamacare this year.

McCain's statement all-but-guarantees that this bill will not pass, with Sens. GOP leaders have said this is the last attempt they will make to repeal Obamacare ahead of the September 30 deadline, when special budget rules expire that allow Republicans to pass a bill with just 50 votes.

Ducey reiterated Friday that he likes the flexibility that the bill would give states.

An Washington Post-ABC News opinion poll said Americans prefer Obamacare to the Graham-Cassidy alternative by 56 percent to 33 percent.

In throwing support behind Trump, McMaster also accomplishes a goal of looking strong on repealing Obamacare without claiming ownership of a bill surrounded by uncertainties, notably how many people would lose insurance and how steeply premiums would increase. And so you can say to somebody, well, OK, you're a diabetic, I'll write you a policy, but it won't cover insulin.

Graham said in a statement he was not giving up.

The host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live", repeatedly attacked the bill and one of its co-authors, Sen. Insurers had fallen over the past week as investors anxious about spending cuts.

Graham's bill would convert most federal health-care spending into block grants to the states.

These states are home to senators who are under pressure on healthcare. Susan Collins said Friday she, too, is leaning against the bill, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was also a possible "no", making it highly unlikely that McConnell can prevail.

After that deadline, they'll need 60 senators to approve the bill, which will be impossible given that there are only 52 Senate Republicans and every Senate Democrat will vote against Obamacare repeal.

The CMS had no immediate comment on the Axios report.

Unlike other Republican governors, Gov. Chris Christie expanded Medicaid in 2013 under the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare. The centers' analysts note that the "new" bill contains the the same measures as last July's "repeal-without-replace" effort, which CBO found would take away insurance from 32 million. That's when Graham-Cassidy eliminates the block grants to states, leaving them to fend for themselves if they want to help low- and middle-income families keep their coverage.

The health insurers, the doctors, the hospitals and AARP, the influential elderly advocacy group, expressed their dissatisfaction.

The second difference is that people without access to Medicare, (traditional) Medicaid, or employer coverage received no help from the government in getting health insurance.



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