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Senator McCain to vote against Obamacare repeal: statement

24 September 2017

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.

Late Saturday, six associations representing US doctors, hospitals and insurers said they opposed the bill because it would cause patients with pre-existing conditions to lose coverage and result in more expensive health insurance. Paul fired back, calling the Senate bill "fake repeal" and saying the White House just wants a victory without caring about the legislation's details. The Senate Finance Committee hearing is being held even though the measure's prospects are dim.

Republican Sen. John McCain said Friday he'll oppose the bill in a Senate showdown this week. The president was backing unusual in a the state's GOP primary runoff, and he covered a variety of subjects, including the health care bill and McCain's opposition to it.

"It was sad", the president said.

He's taken to Twitter to try to sway GOP Sen.

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!"

Trump spoke at a rally for Sen.

His opposition to the bill likely means it will fail in a vote scheduled for September 30.

This time McCain issued a statement well in advance of next week's expected vote.

Trump also is lashing out at Alaska Sen.

Regarding Murkowski, he tweeted that in Alaska: "Deductibles high, people angry!" Murkowski hasn't committed on the bill.

President Donald Trump has been a strong critic of the bill, pointing to the increase in premiums in many states and the lack of choice for its consumers. John McCain for opposing the latest GOP attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying McCain was snookered by Democrats to let down his best friend, who authored the proposed bill.

"John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

McCain says he can't support a last-ditch push to overhaul the Obama-era health law.

Longtime friends and advisers of Sen.

Republicans had hoped that McCain would vote in favor of Graham and Cassidy's bill given his close friendship with the two senators.

"That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority", he said in a statement about the bill crafted by Sens.

Despite Trump's tweets, efforts to pass Graham-Cassidy by the end of the month have stalled.

Senator McCain to vote against Obamacare repeal: statement