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Graham pushes back on working with Democrats on health care reform

Graham pushes back on working with Democrats on health care reform

Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday morning that it would be "very hard for me to envision a scenario" where she would vote for Republicans' latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the Maine Republican said she wanted to wait for a Congressional Budget Office score of the Graham-Cassidy bill before rendering a final decision.

An analysis released Friday by the nonpartisan Brookings Institution found 21 million fewer Americans would have coverage under the plan, while adding the figure "likely understates the reductions in insurance coverage that would actually occur".

This latest repeal and replace plan has yet to be reviewed by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, making it hard to know the plan's full impact.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY applauded McCain's decision.

Paul, interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press", attacked the centerpiece of the Republican bill that would have the federal government basically turn the health insurance system over to states in the form of "block grants". "I can't in good conscience vote to keep all the spending".

"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", McCain of Arizona said in a statement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford to lose no more than two votes on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. "What is clear, however, is that the legislation would result in very large reductions in insurance coverage", Brookings said.

Also this week, the "Big Six" negotiators from the White House, Senate and House are expected to unveil more details of their tax reform plan, which like the health-care talks, could be spark messy disagreements among Republicans that could complicate their next big legislative target. As of Friday, Murkowksi's staff said the senator was undecided and planned to take the weekend to review the legislation.

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In terms of the broader markets, the S&P BSE mid-cap index was lower by 0.07 per cent and the small-cap index by 0.14 per cent. Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) remained passive as they sold shares worth a net Rs 1,719.62 crore.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told Fox News Channel's "America's News HQ" on Saturday that he is "providing technical assistance and information" to senators working on the bill.

Sens. Rand Paul and John McCain have already announced they are against it, leaving the bill within one vote of failure and earning them criticism from President Trump. The bill hasn't been completed.

"We're moving forward. And we'll see what happens next week". Bill Cassidy (R-LA), it's possible that the Senate could still go on the record on the matter. Cassidy, a physician, is expected to testify. States that rejected the Medicaid expansion, many with Republican leadership, would gain $73 billion. The bill's sponsors as well as the President, are determined to find the votes after months of repeal efforts, and time is nearly up.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says he still has hopes for congressional passage of the latest Republican effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's health law, despite Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of SC - about making some changes to the legislation, adding that they wanted to be won over.

"So he chose to do something different, and that's fine", Trump said. "Sad", Trump wrote in a separate tweet. Before the Affordable Care Act, insurers could deny coverage to people with diseases like diabetes or charge them much higher premiums.

The insurance industry, hospitals, consumer activists, the AARP advocacy group and organizations such as the American Medical Association, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society all oppose the bill.

Up until McCain's announcement Friday, close McConnell allies were still optimistic McCain's relationship with Graham might make the difference.


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