Key GOP Swing Vote On Health Care: 'Difficult To Envision' Supporting Bill

Cassidy, a physician, should take note that his fellow practitioners in the American Medical Association joined other medical groups, insurance companies and hospital organizations in nearly uniform opposition to the bill.

In the press release, the aforementioned medical groups claim that the Graham-Cassidy plan would be impossible to implement within a year.

Regarding Murkowski, he tweeted that in Alaska: "Deductibles high, people angry!"

Both Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump have reached out to the junior senator from Kentucky in the last 24 hours, and Trump tweeted Saturday morning: "I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!"

Withholding final judgement on GOP legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and remake the Medicaid system, Sen. Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., "sold John McCain a bill of goods".

Baldwin recently staked her support to a diametrically opposite health care proposal: Sen.

Democratic witnesses will include Cindy Mann, a former Obama administration health official.

Instead, the federal government would block-grant health care funding to the states - which critics say could destabilize the healthcare market and cut millions of people off of insurance.

A chief target of GOP leaders is Sen.

But this time, Trump came as the president, using his first big endorsement trip outside of the Beltway to tout the establishment's favored candidate in the heated special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Shares of some health insurers closed higher on Friday after McCain announced his opposition. However, Paul has unexpectedly backed similar repeal efforts in the past, voting in favor of the failed "skinny repeal" proposal back in July. On Saturday, six such organizations including the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association issued a joint statement urging the Senate to reject it. The effort to gain Murkowski's support is also viewed as uphill, given the repeated insistence of Alaska's governor, independent Bill Walker, that any "deal" to secure her support likely wouldn't assuage his concerns and opposition to the bill.

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee's analysis of the legislation pending in the U.S. Senate say current law would provide Arizona with $4.9 billion in 2020 for Medicaid and the health exchange but only $3.2 billion under the bill. Murkowski hasn't committed on the bill.

The fresh discord over a signature Republican promise added turbulence to the start of a critical week for President Donald Trump and McConnell, R-Ky. John McCain, going after the Arizona Republican on Twitter after he threw the Senate GOP's latest health care effort into jeopardy.

Graham remained optimistic that McCain would eventually support the bill, telling an ABC affiliate on Thursday, "He won't vote because of our friendship, I would never ask him". Mr. McCain, along with Sens. "Great for Arizona. McCain let his best friend LG down!" "President Trump and I are undeterred". John McCain's opposition to the latest GOP effort to pass a health care bill "sad" and "a awful, terrible thing for the Republican Party".

The Graham-Cassidy legislation, which was expected to be voted on next week in the Senate, would get rid of some mandates of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but for the most part would put its taxes in place and redistribute the money to states in the form of block grants.

"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", McCain of Arizona said in a statement. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", McCain said.

  • Jon Douglas