Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Graham pushes back on working with Democrats on health care reform

Graham pushes back on working with Democrats on health care reform

Senator Susan Collins, who just two days ago said she was "leaning against" the legislation, on Sunday declared in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union": "It is very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill".

McCain said he would consider supporting a proposal similar to the Graham-Cassidy bill if it were "the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment".

"I think we're going to get the votes", the South Carolina Republican said in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

The CBO has said that it will not be able to provide an assessment of how Cassidy-Graham would affect insurance premiums or the number of people with medical coverage "for at least several weeks".

Trump also referenced another Republican holdout Saturday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would roll back Medicaid expansion in the states that passed it and send health care money to all states as block grants. He said the GOP can pass bills under special budget reconciliation rules that require just 51 votes, "but that's a trick". But that maneuver will expire at the end of the month.

Congress would be better off opening up its health care process to more voices and working toward solutions that can win buy-in from the American people.

"Large Block Grants to States is a good thing to do".

The Graham-Cassidy bill would take money spent by the US government on the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, as well as subsidies to help Americans buy private insurance, and divvy it up among states in block grants.

If Collins comes out against the bill, crafted by GOP Sens.

Paul also dismissed the notion that he could be convinced to back Cassidy-Graham if he was promised something on another front that nodded to his libertarian positions on matters of military action, where he routinely pushes for more congressional oversight. John McCain during a campaign rally Friday night, saying the Arizona senator had let down his constituents.

Trump tweets: "John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves".

In July, McCain was the key vote that killed the last GOP effort to dump Obamacare, flashing a dramatic thumbs down on the Senate floor in the waning minutes of the vote. "Maybe. Maybe they go forward and don't bring up anything", Paul said. McCain and Graham are known as some of the closest lawmakers in the Senate.

"Without a full CBO score, which won't be available by the end of the month, we won't have reliable answers to any of those questions", said McCain.

Trump also issued a Twitter shoutout to Paul in a separate tweet Saturday, writing, "I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!"

Sens. Rand Paul and John McCain have already announced they are against it, leaving the bill within one vote of failure and earning them criticism from President Trump.

Late Saturday, six associations representing US doctors, hospitals and insurers said they opposed the bill because it would cause patients with pre-existing conditions to lose coverage and result in more expensive health insurance. That's what the swamp does.

"I'm concerned about the impact on cost and coverage", she said.

It was Trump's second attack in three days on Paul, R-Ky., for so far being the only GOP senator to say he'll vote against the bill in a Senate showdown looming next week.

Collins criticized the bill because among other things it undermines protection for people with pre-existing medical conditions, according to the Portland Press Herald. I hope they will resume their work should this last attempt at a partisan solution fail.

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