GOP's Latest ACA Health Insurance Repeal Plan Appears Dead

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In a phone interview with KTUU on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence said he was "still very hopeful that we can earn Senator Murkowski's support" when asked what the outcome for Alaska would be if Murkowski cast another pivotal "no" vote.

A decision on the Graham-Cassidy Senate healthcare bill was made before there was even a vote cast.

Senate Republicans will not vote on Graham-Cassidy, a GOP health care replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Ms Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said she objected to the Graham-Cassidy bill's sweeping cut in funding to Medicaid.

Graham said the bill would have passed had there been more time to consider it.

Trump took to Twitter Monday night to lash out at McCain, highlighting the multiple times McCain talked about repeal and replace of Barack Obama's health care law.

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Three Republican senators - Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, and Rand Paul of Kentucky - announced in advance they would vote against it, effectively killing any hope of approval.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was careful not to appear too exultant as Democrats chalked up another victory when Senate Republicans on Tuesday canceled a vote on the measure proposed by Republican Sens. The party would have to either move up the next reconciliation bill to just before the 2018 midterms, or attempt it after the election, when they could lose seats in the Senate or the House.

None of the three senators seemed likely to drop their opposition: Mr. McCain detested the partisan process used to push the bill, Ms. Collins had broad concerns about the legislation's effects on health care, and Mr. Paul objected to the fundamental architecture of the legislation. He expressed disappointment in "so-called Republicans" who swayed the vote from majority rule.

Earlier that day, President Donald Trump reportedly signaled during a bipartisan meeting at the White House that he would collaborate with Democratic lawmakers on health care if Senate Republicans were unable to repeal the ACA with Graham-Cassidy. Bill Cassidy and Senator Lindsay Graham. "We're going to try to do this in some form in this session of Congress".

Trump didn't name any of the four GOP senators who've said they're against the doomed measure.

The new version of the Cassidy-Graham bill included tweaks to its funding formulas to send more federal money to key states, including Collins' home state.

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