President Donald Trump is attacking Sen.
Under the Graham-Cassidy proposal much of the ACA's funding would be given to the states in the form of block-grants, allowing them to decide how to best provide healthcare.
"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal".
On Friday, Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from ME, also inched closer to closing the door on Graham-Cassidy, saying that she was "leaning against", the bill, according to a report from The Portland Press Herald. Susan Collins said Friday she, too, is leaning against the bill, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was also a possible "no", making it highly unlikely that McConnell can prevail. Republican Senate leadership can only afford to lose two votes to pass Graham-Cassidy before 30 September.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced on Friday that he will not vote in favor of a bill that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.
"It was sad", the president said. "That was a terrible thing that happened to the Republican party".
The Arizona Republican - who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer - said he hoped to continue working on health care reform, and cited a bipartisan effort by Sens.
Price said that the bill was "not dead" despite McCain's announcement and wavering support from several other Republican senators.
He continued: "Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums previous year, with deductibles very high". Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., "sold John McCain a bill of goods".
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".
Trump says the bill would be "great for Arizona" and he says McCain "let his best friend L.G. down!"
Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas issued a statement Friday defending his support for the Cassidy-Graham health care bill, which independent analysts said would reduce the amount of federal funds going to Arkansas and other states that expanded their Medicaid programs while providing more money to states, such as Texas and MS, that did not expand Medicaid. The bill would also require insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions, one of the requirements set forth by Trump.
Other Republicans were less optimistic.
Surprisingly, Trump appeared to be wooing Paul - the first Republican senator to come out against the bill - to switch: "I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!"
An analysis published Friday by the Brookings Institution and the University of California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics projected that roughly 15 million Americans would lose coverage over the next two years if the Graham-Cassidy bill is enacted. "Alaska had a 200% plus increase in premiums under ObamaCare, worst in the country". Lisa Murkowski, saying that people in her state are "angry" about the current health law.
Murkowski has been viewed as the GOP skeptic most likely to change her vote. Republican leaders need 50 votes to repeal Obamacare.
His opposition may well kill the Graham-Cassidy bill.