Trump lashes out at McCain on health care vote

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Trump lashes out at McCain on health care vote
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25 September, 2017

Trump's tweet-o-rama Saturday included three hits on McCain, including one that said the senator "never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves".

It's the second time McCain has upended a Republican-led health care effort since his brain cancer diagnosis this year. John McCain (R-AZ), who is also opposing the health care reform bill.

Republicans in Congress are understandably eager to keep faith with voters after vowing repeatedly to repeal and replace Obamacare if placed in power. "We already have a problem under the Affordable Care act with the cost of premiums and deductibles, and finally, I'm very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with pre-existing conditions".

The president went on to say that McCain's opposition was "sad". But for the most part, the Obamacare taxes would stay in place and be redistributed to states in the form of block grants. Rand Paul against it, Republicans can't afford any other defections from their ranks. The Senate's vehicle to pass a health care bill with just 51 votes expires at the end of this month, and it only takes one more Republican "no" vote to stop the legislation from passing altogether. "I won't be bribed or bullied", Paul said as Trump has lambasted him. Great for Arizona. McCain let his best friend L.G. down! "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", McCain said in a statement.

Graham looked appeal to other Republicans on Sunday, including Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, helped doom the last big repeal push over the summer. Before the Affordable Care Act, insurers could deny coverage to people with diseases like diabetes or charge them much higher premiums. "Lisa M comes through", Trump wrote. John McCain announced he wouldn't back the proposal. Centene Corp ended up 1.6 percent, while Humana Inc gained 0.2 percent and Aetna Inc rose 0.1 percent, reversing earlier losses.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey came out in support of Graham-Cassidy on Monday, saying in a statement it "is the best path forward to repeal and replace Obamacare".

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. McConnell did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "The president is leaning in all the way". 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.

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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Medicaid funding cuts would equal 16 percent of projected state budgets in 2027. Collins said sponsors were making last-minute adjustments in the measure's formulas for distributing federal money to states. "I can't in good conscience vote to keep all the spending". Susan Collins of ME, said she was leaning against the proposal despite new pressure from her state's GOP governor.

Baldwin said constituents are telling her they're surprised at the plan's sudden emergence.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is surrounded by members of the media after she viewed the details of the new health care bill July 13, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen.

Republicans have started to throw their support behind the Graham-Cassidy measure after a slimmed-down repeal bill failed in July. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who continues to engage with President Trump and Senate leaders, giving proponents of the latest GOP bill a glimmer of hope.

Paul has been a vocal opponent of the GOP's efforts to gut Obamacare. "But that has not been the case", McCain said. States that rejected the Medicaid expansion would gain $73 billion.

Certain unpopular features of the ACA, such as the individual mandate which requires every USA citizen to have healthcare would be scrapped, as well as fines for employers who do not provide healthcare for their employees.


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