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Senate GOP pulls Graham-Cassidy bill to avoid vote defeat

27 September 2017

This, combined with a lack of any support from the Democrat side, effectively would kill the bill.

An analysis released by Covered California shows that 7.5 million Californians could lose their coverage under the Republicans' latest efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The decision was that the votes simply weren't there.

On Monday, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced that she would not support the bill, saying that it was "deeply flawed". Collins, Paul, and McCain similarly opposed the BCRA.

Surprise! Turns out legislating health care is, like, really complicated, and people actually don't want higher premiums. While some Senators wanted to hold the vote, even knowing it would fail, McConnell reportedly didn't want to open up the GOP to "political fallout and attack ads".

The latest iteration of Obamacare repeal legislation, drafted by Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, was created to give states funding to run their own healthcare programmes.

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Graham said, "We're on path to pass Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson. We learned about their unique needs", Graham told reporters.

The decision marked the latest defeat on the issue for President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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Due to their narrow majority and unified Democratic opposition, Republicans can lose just two GOP votes and still push the legislation through the Senate.

Cassidy and Graham unveiled a revised version of their plan Monday morning that featured a series of changes created to convince skeptical Republican colleagues to back it.

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"We're certainly disappointed Sen".

GOP Sen. John Thune of South Dakota asserted that the Republican effort to reshape the healthcare system would not end with Graham-Cassidy and that his colleagues may tie an ACA repeal along with tax reform in the 2019 fiscal budget.

"I don't know that we've fundamentally changed anything other than we're re-shuffling who gets the money and that's going to make some people happy and embitter other people", Paul said Monday.

One GOP aide bluntly described that scenario as "a nightmare". Lindsey Graham have spent weeks building and selling the GOP's new approach to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

On Tuesday, the US Senate's Republican leadership announced that the party would give up on the latest effort to repeal Obamacare. "It's deader than a door nail", said Sen. "We're going to fulfill our promise".

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Senate GOP pulls Graham-Cassidy bill to avoid vote defeat