Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Trump takes on McCain over health care vote

Sen. Susan Collins Probably Voting Against Graham Cassidy Bill Trump takes on McCain over health care vote
Erik Tate | 25 September, 2017, 00:43

But this time, Trump came as the president, using his first big endorsement trip outside of the Beltway to tout the establishment's favored candidate in the heated special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

After blasting McCain, Trump on Saturday singled out Paul and Murkowski. Up until last week, when GOP interest suddenly surged in the Graham-Cassidy plan, there had been increasing efforts to find some kind of agreement between Senators in both parties on ways to make some short term improvements in the Obama health care system for those in the individual and non-group insurance market.

Trump, who also bashed McCain during a campaign rally Friday night, said the Arizona senator had let down his constituents, as well as his friend and fellow senator, Lindsey Graham of SC.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Friday that he'll vote no.

This leaves Senate Republicans with no margin of error: A third "no" vote would put them shy of the 50 votes necessary to pass the Obamacare repeal plan.

This summer's setback infuriated the party's core conservative voters and prompted President Donald Trump to unleash a series of tweets blaming McConnell for the failure and goading him to keep trying.

He continued: "Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums previous year, with deductibles very high".

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"John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Referring to Graham-Cassidy's proposed transfer of healthcare administration away from the federal government, he added: "Large Block Grants to States is a good thing to do. Great for Arizona. McCain let his best friend L.G. down!"

While the final text of the bill appears to still be fluid, lawmakers are set to vote on some form of the Graham-Cassidy measure on Wednesday. But for now, it seems like the GOP will fail to get anything done on this signature campaign issue, with McCain, Sen. Rand Paul, significantly hurts the GOP's latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Trump was campaigning for fellow Republican Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama, Friday night.

"That was a totally unexpected thing", Trump told the crowd. Rand Paul might reverse his stated opposition "for the good of the Party!" Rand Paul, R-Tenn., said he planned to vote "no", calling the bill "Obamacare lite" and Collins' spokesperson said in a statement that she is "leaning no".

Murkowski has been viewed as the GOP skeptic most likely to change her vote. Republican Senate leadership can only afford to lose two votes to pass Graham-Cassidy before 30 September. "The sponsors were making changes in it, and I think that's part of the problem". Wouldn't it be ironic if he took John McCain's place - and they definitely do not like each other. Trump said. "That would be very ironic, for those of you that know the inner workings of the Senate".

The Senate faces a September 30 deadline for deciding on the bill under an expiring rule that lets the healthcare proposal pass with just a simple majority, instead of the 60-vote threshold needed for most legislation. This has left little wiggle room for Republicans to lose any votes - with three "no" votes, the bill can not pass. Sen. "That's just a trick".

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