McCain's moment: Ailing senator plays spoiler again for GOP

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U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday that he would vote against a new Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare if it is brought onto the Senate floor next week, in a new setback for the proposal.

They also say the cuts to Medicaid would cause millions of Americans to lose their coverage - and the changes would weaken individual insurance markets, making coverage more costly.

The criticism comes a day after the Arizona senator announced in a statement that he can not "in good conscience" vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal.

On "Fox & Friends Weekend", Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager, said that McCain has now had two opportunities to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and he's failed to do so.

Trump defended the bill, tweeting: "Large Block Grants to States is a good thing to do".

McCain who is battling brain cancer, insists he can't support the bill without knowing how much it would cost, how it would affect insurance premiums and "how many people will be helped or hurt by it". The lobbying of Paul, who has ripped Graham-Cassidy on a seemingly hourly basis the past week, has been largely left to the White House.

President Donald Trump has been a strong critic of the bill, pointing to the increase in premiums in many states and the lack of choice for its consumers.

Paul is the other Republican senator to publicly announce his opposition.

"The reason it's not dead is because it's not finished. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried".

The backlash from big donors as well as the grass roots panicked Senate Republicans and was part of the motivation behind the sudden zeal to take one last crack at repealing the health care law before the end of the month. Cassidy, a physician, is expected to testify.

Yet Republican congressional leaders, goaded by GOP voters and the president himself, were determined to give it one last try.

The ACA was passed in March 2010 by a Democrat-controlled Senate and House against fierce Republican opposition.

September 30 is the last date on which the Republicans could pass the healthcare bill under reconciliation procedures, which only need 50 votes, instead of 60 in the event of a filibuster, to pass. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderates who joined McCain in voting down the last attempt at Senate reform, have not confirmed their position, although Collins said on Friday she was "leaning against" it. Lisa Murkowski is at the moment.

McCain joined the Kentucky conservative Rand Paul in stating his intention to vote against the bill.

Here's what Trump's tweeted about Paul: "I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!" Trump wrote on Twitter. Lisa Murkowski, saying that people in her state are "angry" about the current health law.

At a town-hall meeting in liberal Iowa City, which began an hour after McCain announced his opposition to the bill, Sen. Centene Corp ended up 1.6 percent, while Humana Inc gained 0.2 percent and Aetna Inc rose 0.1 percent, reversing earlier losses.



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