Rand Paul probably isn't changing mind on health care bill

Posted September 25, 2017

On Sept. 22, McCain announced that he would vote against Graham-Cassidy, potentially squanching his GOP colleagues' hopes of passing the repeal legislation. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana introduced Graham-Cassidy, a bill that would transform the Medicaid funding and federal subsidies of the ACA into state block grants that would expire by 2026, CNN reports.

Trump tweets: "John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves". Sixty-one times to repeal and replace.

The president followed up on the criticism via Twitter on Saturday morning.

They warn that under the bill patients and consumers will lose important protections and those with significant illnesses will be charged higher premiums and may not be able to buy coverage.

"It's very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of The Union". Reductions in insurance coverage would likely be somewhat larger under the Graham-Cassidy proposal because of the legislation's non-expansion related Medicaid provisions, which would further reduce insurance coverage.

McCain says he can't back the partisan GOP measure because "we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats".

Trump's comments come a day after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has already voiced his opposition to the latest proposal.

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President Donald Trump is attacking Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama Friday night, calling out McCain.

The New York coalition of U.S. Senators is again rallying against the repeal-and-replace efforts.

Reactions from the Republican side of the aisle have been surprisingly quiet, but a few recent tweet-storms indicate that McCain's decision has definitely ruffled some feathers. Collins said she was "leaning against" the bill on Friday, according to the Associated Press. With Alaska's Lisa Murkowski still undecided, it's unclear whether the measure will garner the simple majority needed to pass the Senate.

The National Association of Medicaid Directors issued a statement September 21 voicing their concern the proposed Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill "would undermine [states'] efforts.to deliver on [the nation's] collective goal of an improved healthcare system".

"I think it is more significantly uphill to get there, but it's definitely not impossible to get there", he added.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks with reporters as he leaves a Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 13. "Wouldn't that be ironic?"

Allowing states to waive those rules means "you could price someone out of the market or you could sell them a policy that doesn't cover the services that they need", said Katherine Hempstead, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's senior adviser to the executive vice president. "That's just a trick". Rand Paul of Kentucky - who's said he'll oppose the latest Republican bill because it doesn't abolish enough of the Affordable Care Act. The call for "regular order" isn't the stuff of campaign bumper stickers, but it has become McCain's mission since he's returned to Washington, to keep up his work and treatment for an often fatal brain tumor.