In a lengthy written statement, McCain said he "cannot in good conscience" vote for the legislation from Sens. "I have assured Senator McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process". The CBO says it will only have time to assess the bill's budgetary impacts before the September 30 deadline, but won't be able to reach a firm conclusion on how the bill will affect the number of people with insurance. "Without a full [Congressional Budget Office] score, which won't be available by the end of the month, we won't have reliable answers to any of those questions".
Paul said he opposes the bill because it doesn't go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act, maintaining numerous taxes while redirecting the funds to states. Senators Paul Rand of Kentucky, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME have all indicated that they are also leaning "no", but President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likely have chips to play and will work hard to pass the bill.
Pence called a vote against Graham-Cassidy a vote to save Obamacare, and he said the Senate Republican majority was elected to repeal the law.
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) pushed back on working with Democrats on heath care reform on Sunday, saying ObamaCare is a placeholder for "BernieCare" for Democrats.
The health care bill, dubbed the Graham-Cassidy health care bill after its sponsors Sen. "Great for Arizona. McCain let his best friend LG down!"
I'd add that the evasions and lies we're seeing on this bill have been standard GOP operating procedure for years.
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"I'm leaning against the bill", she said during a housing policy conference in Portland. That defeat had been seen by many as the end of a seven-year campaign pledge by many Republicans to repeal Obamacare.
McCain, who is battling brain cancer, provided the decisive tally to kill the Republicans' "skinny repeal" measure in an early morning vote July 29. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, and Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, and any undecided senators and tell them to vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill.
Trump defended the bill, tweeting: "Large Block Grants to States is a good thing to do".
The nation's doctors, hospitals and health insurance plans are unified in their opposition to the latest Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. John McCain (R-AZ) pleaded with his colleagues-again-to return to following basic Senate lawmaking procedure and work together across the aisle. However, after McCain's "no", if Paul remains a "no" and Collins also declares definitively she won't vote for the bill, Republicans openly acknowledge that's the ballgame.
"That has not been the case", McCain said.
One of the first people to praise McCain for his decision was late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel.
Graham and Cassidy appeared on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", where they defended their plan and vowed to keep up their efforts to shepherd it to passage.