Key GOP Swing Vote On Health Care: 'Difficult To Envision' Supporting Bill

Sen. Susan Collins Probably Voting Against Graham Cassidy Bill

Key senator leaning against voting for GOP health bill, blasting it for gutting preexisting conditions protections

If it were to pass the Senate, the bill would head to the U.S. House, which passed a different Obamacare repeal bill in May.

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

"So yes, we're moving forward and we'll see what happens next week", said one of the authors, Sen. David Popp, a spokesman for McConnell, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about McCain's decision. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, has also been clear since Graham-Cassidy gained momentum last week that he is opposed to the legislation. The number may be larger, it said, because of difficulties in setting up state health systems by 2020 and possible market turmoil in the final years. She said many others could lose key protections such as not being charged more based on an illness.

"They've got to talk to Collins and Murkowski about whether there is any Medicaid cap they can live with", Paul said. "But that has not been the case".

Collins also said senators are continuing to change the bill as they lobby to keep it from failing, and those changes could make it hard for the Congressional Budget Office to provide a full analysis.

That's despite the fact the bill would loosen the rules under the Obama health law - by giving states waivers that would let insurers charge more, or tailor benefits to discourage people with costly conditions from signing up. The president was backing odd in a the state's GOP primary runoff, and he covered a variety of subjects, including the health care bill and McCain's opposition to it. The effort to gain Murkowski's support is also viewed as uphill, given the repeated insistence of Alaska's governor, independent Bill Walker, that any "deal" to secure her support likely wouldn't assuage his concerns and opposition to the bill. "The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable", she said. As McCain understands - along with a few other courageous leaders in Congress, both Republicans and Democrats - our government has to stop dodging that approach or dooming its occasional stabs at it, and begin cooperating in earnest. As of Friday, Murkowksi's staff said the senator was undecided and planned to take the weekend to review the legislation.

An internal analysis by the Trump administration recently concluded that 31 states would lose federal money for health coverage under the Republican plan. At the core of the Cassidy-Graham plan is a maneuver to turn funding for the ACA into block grants for states. Those have been put on hold, but if Republicans can't pass a bill in the Senate by the end of the week bipartisan efforts could pick up again. States that rejected the Medicaid expansion would gain $73 billion.

The GOP plan would overhaul Medicaid, end the individual mandate requiring everyone to have health insurance or pay a penalty, and convert the Obamacare individual marketplace into a program by which states would get federal grants to craft their own health care initiatives. It would also enable states to circumvent ACA requirements for coverage of pre-existing conditions. A public dispute between TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel, whose infant son has a congenital heart defect, and the Senate sponsors took on bitter personal terms this week and demonstrated how little is understood about the legislation.

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