Trump criticises McCain for opposing ObamaCare repeal

Posted September 25, 2017

A proposal by U.S. Republicans to repeal and replace the Obamacare health insurance program suffered new setbacks on Sunday, when two pivotal senators from the party dug in with criticisms of the bill that President Donald Trump is pushing for quick passage. McCain is the second Republican to oppose the measure, possibly dooming the effort of party leaders to enact it.

President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that McCain had "let Arizona down" by opposing the bill. McCain's opposition will likely sink the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. "We already have a problem under the Affordable Care act with the cost of premiums and deductibles, and finally, I'm very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with pre-existing conditions". But for the most part, the Obamacare taxes would stay in place and be redistributed to states in the form of block grants.

GOP leaders are now focusing on turning Kentucky Senator Rand Paul into a supporter. This leaves the Republicans with no more available defections if they wish to pass Graham-Cassidy.

"Block granting Obamacare doesn't make it go away", Paul said. Great for Arizona. McCain let his best friend L.G. down!

To make a September 30 deadline, Republican senators meant to bring the bill offered by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who have both strongly suggested they will vote against Graham and Cassidy's proposal.

"Alaska had a 200% plus increase in premiums under ObamaCare, worst in the country. Lisa M comes through", Trump wrote.

Hospital and health insurance stocks moved upward after McCain's announcement. Centene Corp ended up 1.6 percent, while Humana Inc gained 0.2 percent and Aetna Inc rose 0.1 percent, reversing earlier losses. "And that's why I'd like to see it", Collins said Sunday.

Cruz said that was a "bogus" deadline. David Popp, a spokesman for McConnell, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about McCain's decision. "The president is leaning in all the way". Bill Cassidy, R-La., Sen.

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LePage cited a study from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that said ME would gain 44 percent more in funding by 2026 under the proposal by Republican Sens. Collins said sponsors were making last-minute adjustments in the measure's formulas for distributing federal money to states.

There could still be a vote on Graham-Cassidy. "But that has not been the case".

"Nobody has really offered me that, to say, 'Well, we could spend less, ' " Paul said. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderates who joined McCain in voting down the last attempt at Senate reform, have not confirmed their position, although Collins said on Friday she was "leaning against" it.

"They are not doing a service to the people that they represent", Trump said.

Collins said her concerns centered on the impact the legislation would have on the federal Medicaid program that helps disabled children and low-income elderly people get healthcare. Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That's the only realistic path for Republicans, who control 52 of 100 seats in the chamber, to pass such a bill with no Democratic votes. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who continues to engage with President Trump and Senate leaders, giving proponents of the latest GOP bill a glimmer of hope.

After the July defeat of McConnell's plan, Senate Health Chairman Lamar Alexander and top Democrat Patty Murray of Washington worked on a bipartisan plan to shore up Obamacare's insurance exchanges, but Alexander of Tennessee said this week that the effort had failed. As of Friday, Murkowksi's staff said the senator was undecided and planned to take the weekend to review the legislation. States that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare would be hardest hit by spending cuts, losing $180 billion from 2020 to 2026, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. States that expanded their Medicaid programs, including California and NY, would face the biggest cuts, while Texas and some states in the Deep South and West would fare better.

Congress would be better off opening up its health care process to more voices and working toward solutions that can win buy-in from the American people. It would also enable states to circumvent ACA requirements for coverage of pre-existing conditions.

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