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January 24 2018, 01:46 | Van Peters
How Republicans say they'll vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill
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.
"I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!" said Trump. Several GOP aides expect Collins to announce her opposition as soon as Sunday, when she will appear on the morning political shows, including CNN's "State of the Union".
Trump also used Twitter to pressure two other Republican lawmakers to support the bill. McCain's rejection of the Graham-Cassidy proposal effectively ends the party's chances at repealing Obamacare - for now. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., have already come out against the legislation, and Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would eliminate Obamacare's requirement that individuals buy insurance, end its expansion of Medicaid, and require every state to build their own health care system using a new federal block grant.
"Yes I am a friend of the president and I continue to work with him", Paul said, adding the callout was done "in a nice way".
McCain says he isn't voting in favor of the bill sponsored by Sens.
But with next week's deadline looming, and a debt-ceiling and government funding fight that wrapped up more quickly than expected, Republicans - including the President - rallied around Graham-Cassidy last week, even though there was little evidence to suggest that any of the divisions that prevented the advancement of bills earlier this year had been remedied. "I want to wait a for more hours to see that analysis", she said on CNN. The bill seeks to allow the individual states to exercise more flexibility in how they handle federal health insurance by allotting block grants to those states. Lisa Murkowski, saying that people in her state are "angry" about the current health law. On Fox News Sunday, White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short insisted that the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act is not dead and said the White House is still working to win the support of a handful of senators, including Paul.
In a statement on Friday, Mr McCain said such a bill demands extensive hearings, debate and amendment.
But the bill would also scrap the Obamacare regulations for what kind of health care plans states must offer - leaving states open to jacking up premiums while cutting down on coverage.
"I have had a lot of conversations over the weekend with numerous of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle", Collins said.