Health Bill Appears Dead as Pivotal GOP Senator Declares Opposition

Posted September 26, 2017

McCain has spoken against going outside the normal process of hearings and passage out of the health committee.

Although Trump did not acknowledge defeat, he sounded pessimistic about passing the legislation, saying "Looks like [Republican GOP Sen.] Susan Collins and some others will vote against". Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

Stein says essentially, states could make changes to health care standards based on a pinky swear. It's an effort to woo Sens.

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) remain opposed to Graham-Cassidy, while Sen.

A bill put forward by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy teetering on the edge of collapse.

The report does not go deeply into what states would do with the increased flexibility, but does say the office has started the work on that deeper analysis.

Millions are projected to lose health insurance should the bill pass.

All of the previous ACA-repeal proposals defeated early this year in the Senate would have been devastating to California's advancements, but the Graham-Cassidy legislation is by far the most damaging of the ACA-repeal attempts.

States could also change the rules on what forms of coverage must be provided, opening the door for insurers to offer bare-bones plans at cheaper prices. "All told, federal spending on Medicaid would be reduced by about $1 trillion over the 2017-2026 period under this legislation, and the program would cover millions less", the report said.

Senator Susan Collins of ME said she opposes both the old and the new versions of the bill known as Graham-Cassidy. An exact number of those without comprehensive health insurance is not yet known due to the last-minute nature of the CBO's score.

CBO "would need at least several weeks to provide point estimates of the effects on the deficit, health insurance coverage, and premiums", the preliminary analysis notes.

The Arizona Republican not only was the deciding vote against the "skinny" Obamacare repeal effort in July but also said Friday that he would not vote for the latest healthcare reform effort.

Republicans want to pass the bill before Saturday, Sep.

The bill's abysmal approval rating comes as Senate Republicans are desperately searching for 50 votes to pass the bill, over objections from nearly every segment of the USA health care system - doctors, hospitals and insurance companies.