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After McCain - What's next on health care in the US Congress

25 September 2017

Susan Collins (R-ME) leaning against.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week in a statement that it was his "intention" to consider Graham-Cassidy next week, but without the votes, it's unclear that Republican leaders would actually bring the bill to the floor.

In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Trump shared his displeasure with McCain's decision to oppose the Republicans' latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Susan Collins told CNN that "it's very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill".

With sports clearly weighing on the president, he then rescinded an invitation for NBA All-Star Stephen Curry to visit the White House. Collins said sponsors were making last-minute adjustments in the measure's formulas used to distribute federal money to the states, and the measure's sponsors said they still meant to plow ahead.

"We're moving forward. And we'll see what happens next week".

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC still thinks there's a path forward for a last-ditch effort to end "Obamacare", even after his friend, Sen.

Paul criticized the GOP bill anew as "not repeal".

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Paul said he broadly opposes a keystone of the Republican plan: issuing "block grants" to states to use federal funds being spent on Medicaid expansion and subsidies as they wish. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), it's possible that the Senate could still go on the record on the matter.

He suggests he might be open to the bill if it just repeals the Obama health care law with a bill that doesn't create block grants. Up until last week, when GOP interest suddenly surged in the Graham-Cassidy plan, there had been increasing efforts to find some kind of agreement between Senators in both parties on ways to make some short term improvements in the Obama health care system for those in the individual and non-group insurance market. Judy Woodruff talks to Sen.

In a new Washington Post/ABC poll, just 33 percent of voters said they supported the Cassidy-Graham plan, making this last dash at repeal a political burden as well as a whipping test. But Vice President Mike Pence said the fight wasn't over.

If the Texas Republican sticks to that stand, GOP leaders will have little hope that their 11th-hour Senate push will survive. McCain, a close friend of Graham, said he could not support it without knowing how much it would cost, its effect on insurance premiums, and how many people would be affected.

Collins' vote is key. The effort to gain Murkowski's support is also viewed as uphill, given the repeated insistence of Alaska's governor, independent Bill Walker, that any "deal" to secure her support likely wouldn't assuage his concerns and opposition to the bill. The draft is also expected to include changes sought by senators who so far haven't registered public concerns with or opposition to the proposal. At the end of July, the Arizona senator also voted against the previous attempt Senate Republicans made to repeal the current health law, and effectively ended its hopes of landing on Trump's desk.

"The bill would lose if three GOP senators vote "no" in a showdown this week".

"It's not dead", Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, told "Fox News Sunday".

After McCain - What's next on health care in the US Congress