Ducey: McCain vote against ACA repeal shortsighted

Ray Weaver
September 28, 2017

Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, two of the authors of the bill, said during a press conference with GOP Senate leaders that there were not enough votes to pass the measure. John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky in stating that she'll vote "no" on the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Monday night, the Republicans modified Graham-Cassidy to make it more palatable for Murkowski, Cruz and Lee to vote in favor but that did not satisfy the senators who announced they were still opposed. Graham then argued that, with more time and with a more open process, they can pass the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill. Susan Collins of ME said she opposed the latest version of the bill. She became the third Republican to announce a no vote, joining Sens.

However, now they will need the cooperation of Democrats to repeal or alter the Affordable Care Act, or start over from the beginning.

President Donald Trump called Obamacare a "disaster" and urged GOP leaders to repeal and replace it, saying he will sign any such bill that lands on his desk.

However, despite the fact that repeal and replace efforts have now been killed several times, defenders of Obamacare are still wary of relaxing, considering how many times Republicans have tried to gut Obamacare. "Yes", Murkowski said. "And so were we there yet? No".

Leaving a lunch of Republican senators who'd gathered to discuss their next steps on the issue, Sen.

This next attempt could be the Republican's passing its next budget resolution, which they originally meant to use to focus on tax reform. Collins voiced concerns about changes and cuts to the Medicaid Program, weakened protections for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, and the agreement among stakeholder groups that the bill would lead to higher premiums and lower coverage for millions of Americans.

GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said, "Why have a vote if you know what the outcome is and it's not what you want". Trump tweeted Wednesday, one day after Senate Republicans' last-ditch proposal to unwind the Affordable Care Act collapsed. He helped deliver the deciding blow to GOP leadership's last effort to repeal Obamacare at the end of July, shocking the political world by turning his thumb down in a "no" vote.

"While the arcane rules of the reconciliation process limited our policy options and imposed an artificial deadline on our efforts, we will push on". Instead they will move on to tax reform, reaching for at least one legislative win before midterm elections.

Graham said the bill would have passed had there been more time to consider it. In a September 13 letter, ACP detailed numerous reasons why the original version of GCHJ will undermine the coverage, the benefits, and consumer protections for millions of people and could lead to losing their coverage entirely, including many of our most vulnerable citizens in Medicaid.

Following the failure of the GOP health care bill, Gillibrand is hopeful that Congress will focus on bipartisan solutions. The Republican statement demonstrates that the GOP is on a mission to destroy the U.S. healthcare system.

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