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White House pressures GOP senators to back last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill

23 September 2017

The latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare could be voted on in the U.S. Senate as early as next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Kimmel told viewers, "I guarantee [Trump] doesn't know anything about this Graham-Cassidy bill He doesn't know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid". "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". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Republicans have only a slim Senate majority and can not afford to lose many votes on the bill, their latest attempt to dismantle a law that brought health insurance to millions of Americans and became former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement. Advocates say that would give states more discretion to manage their own healthcare schemes.

Also, like the prior GOP efforts, the Graham-Cassidy bill would eliminate the individual mandate.

McCain said he wouldn't vote for a bill that wouldn't go through the standard legislative process with hearings and testimony.

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The bill's full impacts are hard to predict because the Congressional Budget Office has not had time to assess it. Underscoring the administration's intense focus on the issue, Vice President Mike Pence stepped out of the U.N.

But in the end, it wasn't enough. Let's return to regular order.

Gov. John Kasich said he opposes the Cassidy-Graham plan because of concerns about the future of Medicaid expansion, and has pushed to continue bipartisan talks to fix the health care system. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) pledged his guiding principle for designing legislation would be ensuring that children like Kimmel's son would have all the necessary care. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. "I don't get anything out of this". "Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment", the veteran lawmaker said. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced it would not be able to provide a full estimate of the bill's impact by September 30, the deadline for the GOP's ability to bypass the Senate's usual 60-vote threshold and instead pass the bill with a simple majority.

In addition to McCain, Sen.

Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky libertarian, has already come out against Graham-Cassidy because it doesn't repeal all of Obamacare. Both groups have pushed for a full repeal of ObamaCare and have grown frustrated with Congress over the past few months for failing to do so.

McCain is a close friend of South Carolina Sen.

White House pressures GOP senators to back last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill