Republican Senators Oppose Graham-Cassidy

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"I know Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson is the best chance to repeal and replace Obamacare".

"It's very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins said in an interview with reporters.

Unless the White House and party leaders can persuade at least one of the three to come around, three GOP "no" votes will be enough to kill the legislation because all Senate Democrats oppose it. If two Republican senators vote against the bill, Vice President Mike Pence would probably cast the deciding, tie-breaker vote to win passage.

He said top Republicans were "tarting it up with special stuff" for states represented by GOP senators in an attempt to nail down their votes.

"They could remove the block grants from it, and we can vote on what we actually on agree on", Paul said. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. But Maine GOP Sen.

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He suggests he might be open to the bill if it just repeals the Obama health care law with a bill that doesn't create block grants. Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Could we see something different now that Graham-Cassidy seems to be dead?

Collins criticized the bill because among other things it undermines protection for people with pre-existing medical conditions, according to the Portland Press Herald. "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". Collins and Murkowski were the only Republicans who voted "no" on four pivotal votes on earlier versions of the GOP legislation this summer. The effort to gain Murkowski's support is also viewed as uphill, given the repeated insistence of Alaska's governor, independent Bill Walker, that any "deal" to secure her support likely wouldn't assuage his concerns and opposition to the bill.

"I'm concerned about the impact on cost and coverage", she said.

A showdown vote would have to occur this week to give Republicans any shot at reversing their debacle on the issue in July, when the GOP-run Senate rejected their initial attempt to dismantle Obama's law.

Democrats have denounced the lightning-speed path to a vote, with only one committee hearing on the bill scheduled.

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White House legislative liaison Marc Short said he expected a vote to occur Wednesday. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), will participate in a CNN debate that evening, defending their bill against Sens.

One analysis estimates that ME would lose $1 billion in federal funding over the next decade if Graham-Cassidy became law.

The measure would end the Affordable Care Act's requirements that individuals have insurance and that most employers provide it. The bill cuts Medicaid funding over time.

The Arizona senator, who is battling brain cancer, said he "cannot in good conscience" vote for the new plan, which President Donald Trump backs, BBC reported on Saturday. Deductibles high, people angry!

Referring to Graham-Cassidy's proposed transfer of healthcare administration away from the federal government, he added: "Large Block Grants to States is a good thing to do".

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Collins' comments were consistent with what she told reporters Friday that she was "leaning against" the bill, according to The Portland Press Herald.

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