Donald Trump: John McCain 'Let Arizona Down' With Health Bill Decision

Key senator leaning against voting for GOP health bill, blasting it for gutting preexisting conditions protections

A key Republican senator signaled Sunday that she is not likely to support the latest GOP push to undo the Affordable Care Act, leaving the legislation on the verge of failure, even as the bill's advocates said they would continue trying to pass it this week. McCain is the second Republican to oppose the measure, possibly dooming the effort of party leaders to enact it. "He campaigned on Repeal & Replace".

"Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums past year, with deductibles very high", he continued.

"John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "Sad", Trump wrote in a separate tweet.

Block grant funding beyond 2026 is not provided in the plan, making its future uncertain after that point.

Friday, Arizona Republican John McCain became the latest "no", saying he could not "in good conscience" support the latest effort to repeal Obamacare.

"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".

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which analyzes legislation, has not had time to assess the Graham-Cassidy bill before the expected vote.

It was enough to launch Trump's 6:42 A.M. tweet storm this morning.

"I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", McCain added.

President Donald Trump on Saturday continued his criticism of Sen.


The embattled Republican effort to repeal the nation's health-care law now centers on winning over a hard-line conservative, Sen. A Bloomberg Intelligence index of hospital stocks gained 1.3 percent.

If Paul, Collins and McCain vote against Graham-Cassidy, it would fail to pass.

"We need to make sure that we win over the last couple Republicans", Short said.

McConnell had said earlier this week that he meant to hold a Senate vote next week before a September 30 deadline to use a fast-track procedure allowing a simple majority vote. A Lee aide did not immediately answer a request for comment. Recalling a list of 10 "no" votes he was told he needed to court, Trump said, "John McCain was not on the list, so that was an unexpected thing". The number may be larger, it said, because of difficulties in setting up state health systems by 2020 and possible market turmoil in the final years.

The Graham-Cassidy bill, sponsored by GOP Sens. "But that has not been the case". The bill was also criticized for failing to ensure all people with preexisting conditions would not face higher premiums and for cuts to Medicaid. "The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable", she said. Paul has said he's a "no" and Collins said on CNN Sunday she finds it "very difficult" to see herself backing the bill. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen.

Trump targeted two other Republicans.

The entire Democrat caucus opposes the bill, meaning Republicans can only afford to lose two votes if the measure is to pass.

"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.

The House this spring passed an ObamaCare overhaul bill. "They're going to have to decide whether they're willing to do that without block granting", Paul said. It would also change the open-ended entitlement structure of Medicaid, instead giving states money on a per-capita basis. States that expanded their Medicaid programs, including California and NY, would face the biggest cuts, while Texas and some states in the Deep South and West would fare better. The ACA requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions without charging more.

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