Sen. McCain: 'No' on Cassidy-Graham bill


McCain joined the Kentucky conservative Rand Paul in stating his intention to vote against the bill.

Republicans in Congress are pushing yet another plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and Texas, at first glance, looks like one of the big beneficiaries in the short term. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. Republicans have argued that the government should be less involved in health care.

They warn that under the bill patients and consumers will lose important protections and those with significant illnesses will be charged higher premiums and may not be able to buy coverage.

McCain said he was withholding his support for the measure because it is not yet known "how much it will cost, how it will impact insurance premiums and how many people will be helped or hurt by it".

The prospects for bringing the bill to the floor next week, however, are dimming. What else is it going to take for a few other Republicans to come around?

"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", McCain said in a statement. That means there will nearly certainly be enough GOP opposition to sink it.

The Senate Majority Leader, GOP Sen. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country.

"I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition".

If all three vote no, the bill will nearly certainly be doomed, the Associated Press reported.

If the proposal to overhaul the tax code is meet with a similar divide that was seen with the Better Care Reconciliation Act, tacking on health care is bound to further complicate the process. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Murkowski hasn't committed on the bill.

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But some, including President Donald Trump, have speculated that Paul or Collins could still change their minds before the bill comes to a vote.

The Arizona Republican's opposition puts the measure in serious peril.

"John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves". Sixty-one times to repeal and replace.

In addition to McCain, Sen.

"You get knocked down and then the bad ones stay on the stool and they say 'We quit, we quit.' The great ones get up and they end up winning".

President Trump criticized Sen. And it's so fast, some Republican senators who are supporting it can't even say what it does.

On Sept. 22, McCain announced that he would vote against Graham-Cassidy, potentially squanching his GOP colleagues' hopes of passing the repeal legislation. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

"I guarantee he doesn't know anything about this Graham-Cassidy bill", he said.

"The whole concept of Graham-Cassidy is built on the American principle of federalism".