With Rand Paul and John McCain opposed to Graham-Cassidy and Susan Collins a likely no, it appears the latest Obamacare repeal effort (and last, for now), is dead.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) again dropped a bomb on Obamacare repeal efforts, this time coming out against a proposal from his best friend, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), on Friday.
BREAKING: John McCain says he "cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal" pic.twitter.com/vCmLHydkAt
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 22, 2017
McCain’s opposition was, again, centered on the process – passing legislation “on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through” – than policy concerns.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has criticized the bill as “Obamacare Lite,” and stated his firm opposition:
I won't vote for Obamacare Lite that keeps 90% of the taxes & spending just so some people can claim credit for something that didn't happen
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 22, 2017
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said earlier Friday she’s “leaning against the bill,” but her opposition seems likely given that she has opposed every Obamacare repeal bill that has come to a vote so far.
"I'm leaning against the bill," Collins says, confirming what senior GOPers have long suspected. https://t.co/CRv5d7NDO1
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) September 22, 2017
If three GOP senators oppose Graham-Cassidy, the bill will fail to achieve the 50 votes needed for Vice President Mike Pence to break a 50-50 tie.
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