Collins: 'Very difficult' to imagine backing GOP health care bill

Collins: 'Very difficult' to imagine backing GOP health care bill

A Paul aide said both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had reached out over the past 24 hours, even though past entreaties haven't made any headway.

However, after McCain's "no", if Paul remains a "no" and Collins also declares definitively she won't vote for the bill, Republicans openly acknowledge that's the ballgame. 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.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has already declared he is a "no" vote, while Republican senators Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, and Susan Collins, of ME, have both leaned strongly against the bill.

With sports clearly weighing on the president, he then rescinded an invitation for NBA All-Star Stephen Curry to visit the White House. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", McCain said. Collins said sponsors were making last-minute adjustments in the measure's formulas used to distribute federal money to the states, and the measure's sponsors said they still meant to plow ahead. "And that's why I'd like to see it", Collins said Sunday. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

If Collins comes out against the bill, crafted by GOP Sens. The measure would shift money Obama's law uses to help people afford coverage into block grants states would control in spending formulas heavily tilted toward helping Republican-led states. He said all the bill does is set up a "perpetual food fight" over how that money is distributed to states.

228469228494228494Kaine: Jamming a health care bill through Congress isn't OKSen. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, it would not have the votes to pass, and would be the last Republican attempt to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature legislation before a September 30 procedural deadline that allows the GOP to pass health care legislation without the support of any Democrats or independents. Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, and Rep. Ann Wagner to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill and not to support any health care proposal that cuts Medicaid, weakens coverage, or eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

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Collins's office said she doesn't plan to issue any further statement Friday. But state governments could waive requirements that insurers not charge more for people with pre-existing conditions or that all health plans cover certain essential benefits.

If the Texas Republican sticks to that stand, GOP leaders will have little hope that their 11th-hour Senate push will survive.

Trump is hugely popular in deep-red Alabama, gushing, "It's nice to go places where people love you".

Collins' vote is key. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. John McCain's announcement that he won't vote for the bill.

"It's not dead", Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, told "Fox News Sunday".

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) makes his way to the Capitol ahead of the party luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2017. If party leaders expected to lose, they would have to choose between conservatives demanding no surrender in the GOP's attempt to scrap the law and others seeing no point in another demoralizing defeat.

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