Maine's Collins puts another nail in coffin of Obamacare repeal

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US Senator John McCain has said he can not support his fellow Republicans' latest effort to repeal Obamacare, dealing it a potentially fatal blow. "It is clear that any serious attempt to improve our health care system must begin with a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and I will continue fighting on behalf of the people of Arizona to achieve it". "He campaigned on Repeal & Replace".

Trump continued: "Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums past year, with deductibles very high". Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., "sold John McCain a bill of goods. Sad", Trump wrote in a separate tweet.

The Maine moderate's comments on CNN's "State of the Union" leave her all but certain to join two GOP senators who've declared their opposition - Arizona's John McCain and Kentucky's Rand Paul.

"It is very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Republicans have a deadline of September 30 to pass Graham-Cassidy under parliamentarian rules of reconciliation, allowing them to pass a bill with a simple majority of 51 votes.

Trump also issued a Twitter shoutout to Paul in a separate tweet Saturday, writing, "I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!"

As a researcher in cancer prevention and control, I believe the Senate's Graham-Cassidy bill would be a disaster for public health. This complicated passage in the 100-member Senate, where Republicans hold 52 seats and Democrats are unanimously opposed to repeal-and-replace measures.

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"Alaska had a 200% plus increase in premiums under ObamaCare, worst in the country". John McCain's announcement that he would vote against the Graham-Cassidy healthcare proposal set to come before the Senate for a vote next week.

Noel Deep, president of the Wisconsin Medical Society, said in a statement: "There are still far too many unanswered questions about the current proposal's short- and long-term effects on health care coverage in Wisconsin". A Bloomberg Intelligence index of hospital stocks gained 1.3 percent. Aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week that he planned to force a vote, and that could still happen, to clearly show who was for the plan, and who was not.

Cruz said that was a "bogus" deadline. "The president is leaning in all the way".

"That was a totally unexpected thing", Trump told the crowd.

But Paul cracked the door open to providing some funds to states if the amount of money was significantly reduced from the levels under Cassidy-Graham.

"They've got to talk to Collins and Murkowski about whether there is any Medicaid cap they can live with", Paul said. "That's more than what states provide for higher education", it said. "And that's what we should be doing", said Collins. "But that has not been the case".

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The White House legislative director insists the latest bill to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law is "not dead".

Baldwin said constituents are telling her they're surprised at the plan's sudden emergence. Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have voiced such concerns.

Trump targeted two other Republicans.

Politico reported that Cruz complained that the latest Obamacare repeal bill did not address his concerns about bringing down the costs of healthcare.

Republicans have said they're still reshaping the bill in hopes of winning over skeptics.

The House this spring passed an ObamaCare overhaul bill. But just as quickly, those plans were thrown into doubt late Friday by news that the potentially decisive vote, Sen. At the core of the Cassidy-Graham plan is a maneuver to turn funding for the ACA into block grants for states. States that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare would be hardest hit by spending cuts, losing $180 billion from 2020 to 2026, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. States that expanded their Medicaid programs, including California and NY, would face the biggest cuts, while Texas and some states in the Deep South and West would fare better.

The legislation would do away with Obamacare's individual mandate requiring most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine.

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