3rd GOP Senator Announces Opposition to Obamacare Repeal Bill

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Adding urgency to the matter, Senate Republicans have until September 30 to make use of special budget rules under which they can pass a repeal bill with only a simple majority, rather than needing Democratic votes.

After a few minutes of some good old fashioned Fox News bashing, Kimmel gets to the recent news that Senator Susan Collins won't support Graham-Cassidy, "which means this bill is nearly certainly dead, or at the very least it's on life support which isn't covered".

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a bill sponsor, publicly thanked McConnell. Republicans can afford to lose only two votes to pass the bill.

"Sweeping reforms to our health care system and to Medicaid can't be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target", said a statement from Collins.

McCain provided the decisive "no" vote that torpedoed a previous Republican health care bill in July. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), could come this week, perhaps Wednesday, although a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would not confirm a timeline to the New York Times.

The latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is once again crumbling.

"Well, to be clear, due to events under our control and not under our control, we do not have the votes", Cassidy said.

"Well, what people have to lose is their healthcare, which if they don't have healthcare where we in Congress have healthcare, you know exactly what that would mean in terms of jobs and their ability to move around".

"To any American who's got a problem with John McCain's vote, all I can tell you is that John McCain was willing to die for this country and he can vote any way he wants to, and it doesn't matter to me in terms of friendship", Graham said.

"The bill clearly opened the door to weakening the protections for people with pre-existing conditions".

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Collins joins Arizona Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Kentucky Sen.

After defending himself against criticism from outlets like Fox News, Kimmel brought up Collins' defection and the apparent death of Graham-Cassidy. Trump called that "a tremendous slap in the face of the Republican Party" in a call to the "Rick & Bubba Show", an Alabama-based talk radio program.

It was a major blow for President Donald Trump, who has made repealing former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law his top legislative priority.

Republicans hold a 52-to-48 advantage in the Senate.

"A few of the many clips of John McCain talking about Repealing & Replacing O'Care". None of their concerns could be easily fixed by changing funding formulas.

He did not explain, however, why that would be a bad thing, since the Republican leadership's ham-handed efforts to repeal the law have helped to vastly increase public support for Obamacare to more than 60 percent. A spokesman for Paul said Monday that the senator's position had not changed.

Other Republicans are wavering, too. Ron Johnson, who co-sponsored the health care bill, said. Collins announced her decision shortly after the report. President Trump has also urged Senate Republicans to pass the bill and get rid of Obamacare.

"I'm hoping Sen. Paul would kind of have that epiphany", Cassidy said.

Trump said on Tuesday his administration was disappointed in "certain so-called Republicans" who did not support the bill.

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