The Senate will consider the bill on the floor this week, ahead of the September 30 deadline that allows Republicans an easier path to passing the bill by a simple majority. Trump didn't mention Rand Paul and Kentucky, which leads one to believe that Paul's no vote was not serious and that he will end up voting for the legislation. Paul said he would vote against the measure, leaving the future of the bill in doubt.
Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate and can only afford to lose two votes.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said after McCain's announcement, "Certainly today's news is not a positive sign for people yearning for lower insurance premiums but to criticize Senator McCain would be to allow my disappointment to manifest itself in a manner that won't produce a different outcome".
Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC still thinks there's a path forward for a last-ditch effort to end "Obamacare", even after his friend, Sen.
The president's hoping Paul and Alaska Sen.
"I agree with Senator McCain that the right way to get things done in the Senate-especially on an issue as important to families as their health care-is through regular order and working together to find common ground".
"They could remove the block grants from it, and we can vote on what we actually agree on", Paul said. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was supporting the bill either.
Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) said she does not expect anything could change her mind on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, which she opposes. Susan Collins has said publicly she's "leaning against" the bill and has always been expected by Senate leaders to end up opposed, with only two firm "no" votes, the effort still has life, as tenuous as it may be. On Friday, he pushed back pressure from President Donald Trump, saying he won't be "bribed or bullied".
"We need to make sure that those last couple Republicans we win over", Short said during his television appearance. I'm excited about solutions we have found in Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson.
Trump lamented that Republicans still have reservations even though the bill "happens to be particularly good" for their states.
Trump however, tweeted that he thinks Paul is open to convincing.
McCain also was the critical "no" vote against a previous attempt to overhaul the law in July. Bill drafters were reportedly considering delaying the implementation dates of the bill, which would end Medicaid expansion, cap federal Medicaid payments and require states to launch their own systems in 2020, GOP sources said. "I don't expect him to vote because we're friends, I expect him to vote for what's best for the country".
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