Trump badgers McCain on health bill, urges GOP support

WASHINGTON DC- JULY 27 Sen John Mc Cain leaves the Senate Chamber after a vote on a stripped-down or 'Skinny Repeal,' version of Obamacare reform

Separately, at an appearance in his home state of Texas, Sen.

The bill would also end the Medicaid expansion that 31 states and Washington, D.C., took advantage of under Obamacare and overhaul the funding for traditional Medicaid. But the expected score may influence, or provide political cover for, senators who choose to vote no.

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. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican intends to put the bill up for a vote this week.

The Congressional Budget Office is scoring the bill, with their estimate expected before the September 3o deadline.

Republicans need at least 50 votes to pass the measure under the process of reconciliation. Trump didn't mention Rand Paul and Kentucky, which leads one to believe that Paul's no vote was not serious and that he will end up voting for the legislation.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short on Sunday insisted that the Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare is not dead, despite a lack of support from several key GOP senators. The Congressional Budget Office has yet to issue its estimate of how many Americans might lose coverage under the bill's proposed overhaul. Cantwell. "I would ask any governor to say today I have an idea of how I'm going to pay for healthcare in my state if you cut this program in 2027".

This is the Senate Republicans' third attempt at a repeal.

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He said, "I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal". "I'm very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with pre-existing conditions, like asthma, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and what it would mean to them", she said. Paul has been unstinting in his opposition to Graham-Cassidy because it doesn't go far enough, and has said he "won't be bribed or bullied" into supporting it. Murkowski voted against "skinny repeal" and has given no indication that she will support this version of repeal.

"Alaska had a 200% plus increase in premiums under ObamaCare, worst in the country", Trump tweeted.

President Donald Trump described a new healthcare bill introduced by Senate Republicans as "a great bill".

"No one is more opposed to Obamacare than I am, and I've voted multiple times for repeal", Paul said.

Asked if he could envision changes that would allow him to support the bill, Paul said he might be able to if the bill's central element, block grants to states to cover healthcare spending, were eliminated - an unlikely prospect.

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.

Paul is now the only Republican senator who has vowed to vote against the Graham/Cassidy bill, but GOP leaders are also keeping a close eye on Sens.



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