Sen. Lindsey Graham: We'll get the votes for Obamacare repeal bill

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Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday morning that it would be "very hard for me to envision a scenario" where she would vote for Republicans' latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the Maine Republican said she wanted to wait for a Congressional Budget Office score of the Graham-Cassidy bill before rendering a final decision.

To make a September 30 deadline, Republican senators meant to bring the bill offered by Graham and Sen.

The senator said she had a lengthy chat with Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday.

President Donald Trump on Saturday continued his criticism of Sen.

Numerous Democratic critics of the proposal, along with several major health care groups in the country, say that over the coming years the change in the law would cut millions of people from the insurance rolls.

But Collins said the measure "has been a moving target" and continues to change as Cassidy and Graham tinker with its numbers. Murkowski voted against the Obamacare repeal bill in July, but has yet to state her position on the latest draft.

"I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", McCain said of the bill, co-written by Lindsey Graham of SC, his best friend in the Senate, and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

"E v en over the weekend I was rec eiving emails suggesting that the sponsors of the bill are still changi ng the formula", she said on CNN". "So it may be hard for the CBO to do the kind of in-depth analysis that it usually does, but that's what I would like to see before making a formal decision". But that was not enough to sway her. Collins said she wants to see the limited forthcoming analysis of the legislation from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week before she makes a final decision. "Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it". "Far from it. The bill's authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I'm very excited about it", Graham said. "But when you look at the bill, Rand, we save a lot of money over time for Medicaid. But I'm just not for this block granting concept because it is affirmative vote that I have agreed to keep Obamacare". It also would take money earmarked for the law's Medicaid expansion and return it to states in the form of block grants.

"We're all in", one senior GOP aide said.

The prospects for bringing the bill to the floor next week, however, are dimming.

The Republican leader is also keeping a close eye this week on the Senate race in Alabama, where Republican Sen.

The boisterous arena rally recalled the heady days of Trump's insurgent 2016 campaign.

Sen. Luther Strange debates against Senate candidate Roy Moore (not shown) on September 21, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala.

Challenger Roy Moore is an anti-establishment favorite, backed by many of Trump's most prominent supporters - including Ben Carson, Trump's HUD Secretary. Some Republicans also believe it will embolden other conservative insurgents to challenge Republican senators in 2018.

Still, the White House isn't expected to lay off.

Some of the elements of the plan have already started taking shape. Even the bill's champions have already started pondering the prospect of failure.

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