Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky have already said they would vote against the repeal effort, the latest of dozens of legislative attempts by Republicans to undermine the 2010 law they have opposed, in part because it requires nearly all American workers to buy health care insurance policies or pay a fine if they don't.
Republicans have only a slim Senate majority and can not afford to lose many votes on the bill, their latest attempt to dismantle a law that brought health insurance to millions of Americans and became former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.
"McCain let his best friend L.G. down!" "Some have gone so far as to announce their opposition already", he said.
The Texas Republican said he and Lee discussed the measure with its sponsors - GOP Sens.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., had been leading an effort to draft a bipartisan bill to shore up Obamacare insurance markets; Alexander pulled the plug on that effort Tuesday to clear the way for the Graham-Cassidy bill. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy's (R-La.) health care proposal.
U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday he opposes the latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare, dealing the measure a heavy blow, with several other Republicans still undecided on the measure.
In a desperate search for 50 votes, Republican leaders are trying to convince Sen.
McCain, Murkowski and Collins were the three Republican "no" votes who halted another attempt by GOP Senate leaders to repeal and replace Obamacare, the so-called "skinny repeal" bill, which lost in dramatic fashion during a late-night vote in July (Paul backed that legislation). However, Paul has unexpectedly backed similar repeal efforts in the past, voting in favor of the failed "skinny repeal" proposal back in July. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday morning on CNN that it's "difficult to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill" and indicated she will make a final decision on Monday after the Congressional Budget Office provides a report on the legislation. Trump said, adding that the health bill was "great for Arizona".
Graham-Cassidy is the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace the legislation with a plan that would strip millions of Americans of their health care.
Eyes are also on Alaska Sen.
McCain says he believes lawmakers could do better if Republicans and Democrats work together on a replacement for President Barack Obama's health care law.
Asked on "This Week" what he will tell people if he comes up short, Graham responded: "That I did everything I could to get money and power out of Washington to give you better health care closer to where you live and I'm not going to stop fighting". Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.
Trump charged that Schumer "sold John McCain a bill of goods". Deductibles high, people angry!
But with next week's deadline looming, and a debt-ceiling and government funding fight that wrapped up more quickly than expected, Republicans - including the President - rallied around Graham-Cassidy last week, even though there was little evidence to suggest that any of the divisions that prevented the advancement of bills earlier this year had been remedied.