Health Care Bill is all but dead

Health Care Bill is all but dead

Senate leaders have given up on the latest Republican push to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law.

Television talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who had become part of the debate on USA healthcare legislation in May after discussing his newborn son's heart surgery, had taken aim at the bill in recent days.

An economic assessment by Standard & Poor's Global Ratings threw more cold water on the bill.

"So, Senator McCain is talking about a better process".

The skeptics may also have read a report from the nonpartisan Brookings Institution showing that passage of Cassidy/Graham would reduce the number of Americans with health-care insurance coverage by more than 20 million in less than a decade, and another 11 million or so in the years after that. Collins told reporters that she made her decision despite a phone call from President Donald Trump, who's been futilely trying to press unhappy GOP senators to back the measure. Democrats have fiercely defended it. The finance committee heard from the namesake authors as well as a few witnesses around the country.

Police arrested 181 demonstrators on Capitol Hill on Monday. With three Republicans against it, this last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare goes nowhere.

GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky all voiced opposition to Graham-Cassidy, each for different reasons.

As of now, the deadline for the Republican bill to be passed is Saturday with 50 votes.

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The rules say any bill that comes after that will need the support of more than 51 senators, which would mean Democratic support. Bernie Sanders to square off against the GOP sponsors of the latest Obamacare repeal bill in a CNN debate next Monday night.

Trump said there was little room for Republican wavering on healthcare. Trump called that "a tremendous slap in the face of the Republican Party" in a call to the "Rick & Bubba Show", an Alabama-based talk radio program.

But, he added, "the missing agreement for us as Republicans has been we know what we don't like".

Democratic leaders roundly rejected the revised draft of the repeal legislation as a sleight of hand to gain support.

"No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty", the protesters chanted on Monday afternoon.

"I think ultimately the flexibility that's being offered to states here is the flexibility to make politically painful choices about what to cut, where to cut, who to cut, and how deeply", said Sabrina Corlette, research professor at the Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms. "And honestly, I struggle to figure out how we would respond".

The decision came less than 24 hours after a pivotal Republican senator, Susan Collins of ME, declared firm opposition to the repeal proposal, all but ensuring that Republican leaders would be short of the votes they needed.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the sponsors of the legislation, vowed to return to health care after tax reform and said it was not a matter of "if" but "when" health reform is achieved. Backers say giving control to the states will provide the kind of innovation that Washington can't provide.

The bill would also "open the door for states to weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma, cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes".