John McCain Says He Will Oppose Latest Effort to Repeal Obamacare

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Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is a blow GOP hopes to repeal the Affordable Care Act before a September 30 deadline. "We continue to work with the authors on it through this weekend", Price said. Rand Paul, significantly hurts the GOP's latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Trump, who also bashed McCain during a campaign rally Friday night, said the Arizona senator had let down his constituents, as well as his friend and fellow senator, Lindsey Graham of SC. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. John McCain came out against the measure.

Paul has been blasted for his position by US president Donald Trump, who supports the watered down repeal bill. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

He also returned to his attacks on McCain later in the evening.

The outspoken Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., went to Twitter to raise the high alert that his battle against repeal and replace is not over. Karina Petersen, a spokeswoman for the senator, told The Hill she was still vetting the bill and studying data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Given McCain's stature among among the centrist bloc in the Senate, his "no" is more than simply a single vote against the legislation.

McCain noted in his announcement that Graham, one of the bill's co-authors, was his close personal friend. Which - for Trump, McConnell and other Senate leaders - is deja vu all over again. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Opponents of the bill, including McCain, have said they can not vote for it until they know how much it would cost and how many people would be affected - something that isn't yet clear. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), it's possible that the Senate could still go on the record on the matter.

But one expert said the bill's fate still hangs in the balance.

But Republicans have campaigned for years on getting rid of the ACA.

"Which means for our hospitals - whose patients are anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of the people that they see - those are going to be huge, huge unsustainable funding cuts for them", she said.

Sen. Bill Cassidy will defend the Republican "Obamacare" repeal bill before a Senate panel on Monday.

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Ever since Democrats rammed Obamacare through Congress, they have fought tooth and nail to protect it.

It proved anything but.

"Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare "repeal" doesn't make it true".

The latter now seems like the far more likely option at this point.

Trump spoke at a rally for Sen.

TV show host Jimmy Kimmel has continued his tirade against the Cassidy-Graham health care bill, and said that the US President Donald Trump doesn't understand healthcare.

How will Trump handle this latest setback?

Collins' vote is key. Will he turn his fire on McCain? But its cutbacks could pose political risks to Republican supporters.

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.

McCain has privately bristled at his return to Washington being covered like a melodrama, and his friends have steadfastly tried to avoid treating him like a man nearing the end of his life.

"There is a lot of pressure, but I've had a lot of pressure on a lot of different issues over the years", Collins said Friday according to the Press Herald.

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