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John McCain 'never had any intention' of backing latest health care bill

24 September 2017

The legislation would do away with Obamacare's individual mandate requiring most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine. But he wants to do it in a bipartisan way.

Addressing Cassidy-Graham at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Cruz said, "right now, they don't have my vote".

ALISON KODJAK, BYLINE: Hi, Ailsa. There are already two Republican senators on record opposing the bill from GOP Sens.

Democrats have denounced the lightning-speed path to a vote, with only one committee hearing on the bill scheduled. There'd be debate on the Senate floor.

KODJAK: (Laughter) And that's definitely not what's happening here.

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Republicans have a deadline of September 30 to pass Graham-Cassidy under parliamentarian rules of reconciliation, allowing them to pass a bill with a simple majority of 51 votes.

KODJAK: Well, what the senator says and what - a lot of people agree with this - is that unless both parties can pass a joint health care bill, it's going to remain so political that every time the power changes, Congress is going to take it up again and again.

Likewise, much of the G.I. Bill, the sprawling array of federal benefits that helped create unparalleled middle-class prosperity, was administered locally, the better to channel its benefits exclusively to whites, as Southern congressmen demanded.

"We're moving forward. And we'll see what happens next week". At the end of July, the Arizona senator also voted against the previous attempt Senate Republicans made to repeal the current health law, and effectively ended its hopes of landing on Trump's desk. It almost has the support it needs for the vote expected next week, a deadline that's focused the party on making a final run at the issue.

Trump targeted two other Republicans. So now we know that Senator McCain is one of them.

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Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced on Friday that he will not vote in favor of a bill that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Rand Paul (R-KY) said the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is a "bad idea". It would abandon commitments to essential benefits in policies and to regulations preventing discrimination on the basis of pre-existing conditions.

Murkowski and Walker have been in close touch during her deliberations over the bill. Another key holdout, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, has no immediate plan to announce her position, her office said. Trump said. "That would be very ironic, for those of you that know the inner workings of the Senate". Those states will not suddenly become hotbeds of innovative health-care delivery when the federal money is reduced, and transformed, into a block grant.

CHANG: Wow. OK. So crystal ball time. Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy. They're throwing some sweeteners towards Senator Murkowski in Alaska. With Democrats unanimously opposed, that's the exact number McConnell can afford to lose. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and McCain.

McCain and Graham have always been best friends, and Graham wrote on Twitter Friday, "My friendship with @SenJohnMcCain is not based on how he votes but respect for how he's lived his life and the person he is".

The GOP drive to gut the Affordable Care Act is using a dramatically short-circuited process that seeks to replace one landmark health law with another introduced just two weeks ago by Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

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John McCain 'never had any intention' of backing latest health care bill