McCain doesn't back GOP health care bill, drawing Trump ire

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Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana introduced Graham-Cassidy, a bill that would transform the Medicaid funding and federal subsidies of the ACA into state block grants that would expire by 2026, CNN reports.

As of Friday, it wasn't clear if Republicans had enough votes to pass the proposal.

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"We're talking billions and billions of dollars over the course of the next five years", he told lawmakers, describing the state's potential loss. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy.

Not every state would likely use waivers to opt out of key ACA provisions, Hempstead acknowledged, but some certainly would do so because that's the way the individual markets were before the current health law was passed.

Senator Susan Collins of ME told CNN she was not ready to declare with certainty that she would vote against the overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and wanted to wait for an assessment of the Republican proposal that the independent Congressional Budget Office is expected to release Monday. "If you think Americans should keep guaranteed coverage for maternity care, substance abuse and prescription drugs, make your voice heard".

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Schumer said the spending cuts called for in the "dead of night" bill would cause millions of Americans to lose insurance coverage and burden the finances of his state and many others.

"I guarantee (Trump) doesn't know anything about this Graham-Cassidy bill". It could force members to go on the record on a bill that many are still learning about.

(CNN) There's nothing like the prospect of President Trump making deals with Democrats to light a fire under the GOP.

Independent analysts say Pennsylvania would be one of the hardest-hit states under Senate legislation that would take federal health care subsidies provided under President Barack Obama's 2010 law and redistribute it among states. "It decimates Medicaid, seriously diminishes coverage and exposes people with pre-existing conditions to huge premium increases".

In Massachusetts, more than 190,000 people are enrolled in subsidized insurance through the state's Health Connector.

Then: "Large Block Grants to States is a good thing to do". The GOP controls both chambers of Congress and the White House - electoral victories which were secured in no small part due to the party's repeated promises to repeal Obamacare. They face a September 30 deadline for action on the legislation, at which point special rules that prevent a Democratic filibuster will expire.

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Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence met Friday in Washington with Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who is in favor of the bill.

"Obamacare is a disaster. He'd sign copies of the Koran at the Barnes and Noble in Fallujah if it meant he could get rid of Obamacare".

McCain's statement declaring his opposition to the legislation Friday was the second time he derailed the effort.

Senator John Thune was on Fox News Channel just after McCain's blockbuster announcement.

"I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment".

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