It looks like Obamacare repeal is official dead.
Senator John McCain has come out against the latest GOP attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Graham-Cassidy bill, which Senate Republicans are set to vote on next week, would dismantle certain parts of Obamacare, repeal the individual mandate, and block grant Medicaid money to the states.
Getting the bill passed in the Senate was already going to be a very heavy lift. Now it looks like it will be nearly impossible to pass it.
Senator John McCain has come out against the bill. If you remember, Sen. McCain killed the last attempt to repeal Obamacare. Now he might have put the nail in the coffin of repeal efforts.
SIREN, McCain: "“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal"
— Sam Stein (@samstein) September 22, 2017
John McCain’s support was necessary to get the bill passed. Kentucky senator Rand Paul has already said he won’t vote for the bill:
Paul: ‘I won’t be bribed or bullied’ on repeal vote https://t.co/O2Rcq6nLie
— Rand Paul (@DrRandPaul) September 22, 2017
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The other two holdouts are senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, both of whom joined McCain in tanking the last Obamacare repeal attempt.
It’s unclear if either Sen. Murkowski or Sen. Collins will end up supporting the final bill. The chances are very low, however.
Graham-Cassidy status update
COLLINS: Lean no
*3 NOs kills the bill
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 22, 2017
Time will tell if the expected vote on Graham-Cassidy will still happen next week. I suspect that Republicans will pull the bill now, as they don’t have the votes to get it passed.
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