Trump takes on McCain over health care vote

Trevor Jackson
September 25, 2017

The criticism comes a day after the Arizona senator announced in a statement that he can not "in good conscience" vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. Aides say the legislation is still changing as leaders hunt the 50 GOP "yes" votes they'll need to turn this summer's jarring Senate rejection of the party's crusade to erase President Barack Obama's law into an eleventh-hour triumph. But I fear that the prospect of one last attempt at a strictly Republican bill has left the impression that their efforts can not succeed.

Lisa Murkowski, saying that people in her state are "angry" about the current health law. Obama said. "And so, when I see people trying to undue that hard won progress for the 50th or 60th time with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage or roll back protections for older Americans or people with pre-existing conditions, the cancer survivor, the expecting mom, the child with autism or asthma for whom coverage, once again, would be nearly unattainable".

Late Saturday, six associations representing USA doctors, hospitals and insurers said they opposed the bill because it would cause patients with pre-existing conditions to lose coverage and result in more expensive health insurance.

On the one side, late-night comedy host Jimmy Kimmel drew national headlines when he said Cassidy "just lied right to my face" when pledging to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions like Kimmel's son. She has yet to announce her decision.

The ABC comic's withering attacks this week have transformed the debate over the Graham-Cassidy bill. The new measure takes funds for health care largely out of federal control and places them in states' hands.

Fellow cosponsors of the bill Sens. McCain explained in his statement released on Friday.

President Donald Trump gestures as he walks to board Air Force One to travel to Huntsville, Ala., for a campaign rally for Senate candidate Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Morristown, N.J. The bill's sponsors as well as the President, are determined to find the votes after months of repeal efforts, and time is nearly up.

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Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said that he will vote against the most recent Republican proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare, and called for both parties to work together on healthcare legislation. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen.

"The argument that Democrats are making that the Republicans are pushing this through without waiting for a score is a good argument", he said.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will consider the repeal effort this week, just days ahead of a September 30 deadline, as dictated by the Senate's legislative rules, for completing action.

Named after its lead sponsors, Republican Sens.

Collins has not made an official announcement on her vote on Graham-Cassidy, but Friday she told the Press Herald in Portland, Maine, that she was leaning no.

President Trump, speaking at a rally Friday night in Alabama, called McCain's opposition "sad" and "a terrible, disgusting thing" for the Republican Party.

He added: "I have assured Senator McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process". What else is it going to take for a few other Republicans to come around?

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