Led by Rep. Gregory Meeks of NY, the group urged Senate leader Mitch McConnell to hold off on allowing a vote next week and give the CBO time to properly score Graham-Cassidy ObamaCare repeal bill to see its effect on the lives of Americans, and its cost. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", he said in a statement. CBO put out a statement saying they would provide a partial assessment with projections of how the bill would affect the deficit, but that it would not be able to provide projections for how many people would be insured and how much the legislation would cost for several weeks. Answers to those questions will not be available until the Congressional Budget Office reviews the bill, he said, which is not expected to happen before the end of the month.
President Trump also sent a message to Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, noting the high deductibles in the moderate Republican's state. The Graham-Cassidy bill would scale back that Medicaid expansion, and New Jersey would lose $5 million in federal funds if the bill becomes law, according to NJPP.
McCain's comments came on the same day that Sen.
The latest legislation is being co-sponsored by McCain's close friend, Sen.
"I wouldn't want to say the Republican effort to change the ACA is dead", Kondik said, noting that with the vast majority of Republicans in agreement on the issue, "some other iteration could pass".
The Republican proposal looked destined to follow its predecessors to the grave Friday afternoon, after Republican Sen.
"They gave me a list of 10 people that were absolute no's". "Instead, the specter of September 30 budget reconciliation deadline has hung over this entire process".
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It's being probed and accused of many things for the part it allegedly played during the 2016 presidential election. But, he said, "If that's what we must do then we are committed to rising to the occasion".
Once again, the Republicans are showing they don't know diddly about governing, even with control of both houses of Congress and the White House.
"Senators Alexander and Murray have been negotiating in good faith to fix some of the problems with Obamacare", said McCain. After that, protections that keep the bill from being filibustered and make it require just a majority vote will run out.
The nation's doctors, hospitals and health insurance plans are unified in their opposition to the latest Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. However, after McCain's "no", if Paul remains a "no" and Collins also declares definitively she won't vote for the bill, Republicans openly acknowledge that's the ballgame.
JSen. John McCain talks with reporters as he walks to a meeting.
GOP leaders had hoped to bring the bill to the floor next week. "Far from it", McCain said of his latest decision. "McCain has rightly noted", Brad Woodhouse, campaign director for Protect Our Care in Arizona, said in a statement.
"I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the party!" he wrote.
His opposition may well kill the Graham-Cassidy bill.