Sen. John McCain Refuses To Vote For Graham-Cassidy Bill
Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona announced that he would not support the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would bring back preexisting conditions, end Medicaid Expansion by 2027, phase out Medicaid and end basic services in health plans such as maternity care.
McCain’s announcement all but dooms the GOP’s effort to end Obamacare, notes The Associated Press:
I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. 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.
Republicans Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine have indicated they will not vote for the bill. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is an unknown.
President Donald Trump bragged during his presidential campaign that he would quickly destroy Obamacare and “it will be easy.”
Sept. 30 is a crucial deadline for Republicans because the special rules that have prevented a Democratic filibuster will expire, which will block future attempts.