Memo to GOP: Red states also among losers in health bill

New blow to GOP health bill Paul opposes revised measure

The bill would have also given a smaller amount than now spent on premium subsidies and Medicaid expansion to states in the form of a block grants. "You can't fix anything [without that]".

GOP Sen. John Thune of South Dakota asserted that the Republican effort to reshape the healthcare system would not end with Graham-Cassidy and that his colleagues may tie an ACA repeal along with tax reform in the 2019 fiscal budget.

Graham said it was "not if but when" Republicans would pass his healthcare bill, but added that there was still work to be done before then. "Now was the reform easy?" Collins says she spoke with Vice President Pence and President Trump, but it wasn't enough to change her mind. McCain to Sen. Murkowski was that time and process were the biggest obstacles to their support, " the bill's authors said. Previously, Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Ark., and Susan Collins, R-Maine have voted "no" on other GOP-led health care bills. That leaves the GOP incapable of securing even a simple majority on the proposal. "We've had a hard time articulating what we're for".

Collins reiterated her earlier criticisms of the Republican leadership's rushed approach to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Graham, as he appeared with GOP leaders to announce they would not hold a vote this week on the repeal bill, said a lengthier and more fulsome process would open the door to lawmakers like Sens. Republican Senator Rand Paul nailed it in a remarkably candid NPR interview last week: "The whole thing has nothing to do with repeal".

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan didn't declare a position on Graham-Cassidy, either.

On Monday afternoon, Collins announced that she would oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. But the same surveys have also shown that Republican voters, especially the conservatives who disproportionately vote in primaries, want their representatives to push ahead on repeal.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Ducey said he always expected McCain to "make up his own mind" on these kind of issues.

"It took 18 months to pass Obamacare", Graham said. Republicans could only afford two defections, assuming all Democrats were going to oppose the legislation proposed by Sens. Representative Richard Neal (D-MA) said the president made it clear "he was going to work with Democrats on a plan" if his healthcare interests weren't met, according to CNN. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking Democratic member of the Senate HELP committee. The Trump voters and many other Americans will look at this display of obstructionism caused by McConnell and the three or four Republican senators as something that will affect their lives for the worse, because they know that when Obamacare fails, millions of Americans will no longer have health insurance. Meanwhile 24 percent of respondents said they believed the law should be "left alone".



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