Cruz, GOP colleagues back away from Obamacare repeal bill

Posted September 25, 2017

While there is one hearing scheduled next week in the Senate Finance Committee to discuss Graham-Cassidy, as of midday Friday there were no witnesses listed on the committee website.

She said she also anxious if the "CBO has been given enough time to thoroughly analyze the bill". That means there will nearly certainly be enough GOP opposition to sink it.

The changes would have given consumers more freedom, "lifting the regulations from the federal government that are driving up premiums so that premiums can go down and more people can afford health insurance", said Cruz.

The White House official, though, added that even though chances of passing health care look bleak, the White House intends to juggle between Graham-Cassidy and tax reform next week. Patty Murray, who lead the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has been put on hold since the Graham-Cassidy bill emerged.

Sen. Cory Gardner on Sunday refuted a New York Times report quoting him saying GOP donors are "furious" at congressional inaction on an Obamacare repeal, declaring "this has nothing to do with politics".

Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona have already publicly come out against the GOP health care bill.

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Sen. Chuck Schumer sold John McCain a bill of goods. Sad.

Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel warned that all manner of the state's federal sustenance could be in jeopardy if Murkowski votes against a health bill she has expressed reservations about.

Trump said Paul ought to vote for the repeal for the good of the Republican party and that McCain had let down voters in home state, where insurance premiums have risen.

The president's hoping Paul and Alaska Sen.

The Republicans are so desperate to repeal Obamacare that they will attempt to pass any legislative plan that does so.

President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington on September 12, 2017. He campaigned on Repeal & Replace.

McCain says he can't support a last-ditch push to overhaul the Obama-era health law. This has left little wiggle room for Republicans to lose any votes - with three "no" votes, the bill can not pass. Sen. The president continued on Saturday to call out Republican Senators who are either against the measure or haven't stated their position.

The embattled effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act faced further setbacks as Republicans including Sen.

Trump's bill gives US states the power to opt out of some of the federal regulations embedded in Obamacare, although most states, including McCain's home state, would overall receive fewer federal healthcare funds than they do under Obamacare. "And if you don't like what's going on in your healthcare life, you can complain to your state house or your governor and they will listen to you", Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told NBC this week.

John McCain, the Republican maverick who helped kill the Republicans' American Healthcare Act in July, announced Friday he could not support the bill sponsored by his best friend in the Senate, Sen. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", he said in a statement.