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McCain announces opposition to Graham-Cassidy bill

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Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky. walks to the Senate chamber for a vote at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday Sept. 19 2017

At a town-hall meeting in liberal Iowa City, which began an hour after McCain announced his opposition to the bill, Sen.

"I'm reading the fine print on Graham-Cassidy", Collins told a crowd in Maine yesterday, according to the Portland Press-Herald. He struck a similar tone on Friday in a written statement, saying he believed "we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried".

"I am supportive of it, but, I want our governor and Legislature to be in favor".

But Democrats and health care advocates immediately attacked the bill - for being rushed through the Senate as well as for its elements that they said would leave up to 32 million people without health care.

Democrats have denounced the lightning-speed path to a vote, with only one committee hearing on the bill scheduled.

Trump tweeted Friday morning that "Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as 'the Republican who saved ObamaCare'".

The proposal has also been criticized by the Medicaid directors in all 50 states, who issued a joint letter this week that said Graham-Cassidy would place a massive financial burden on the states.

Over the last week, Paul has publicly skewered Graham-Cassidy for not repealing enough of the Obamacare taxes and not going far enough to rein in federal spending. If Congress did not renew the grant money, OH would face a shortfall of $7.5 billion in that year alone, according to the Kaiser analysis.

In addition to strong opposition from states, virtually every major medical-related group and association opposes the plan. Susan Collins said she was leaning against it. Odds are strongly against Sen Lisa Murkowski voting "yes". "States will need to develop overall strategies, invest in infrastructure development, systems changes, provider and managed care plan contracting, and perform a host of other activities", read the statement.

Unusual is also praising the president, saying he's bringing jobs back to the United States. It was the second time in three months the 81-year-old McCain emerged as the destroyer of his party's signature promise to voters. Rob Portman's phone lines to weigh in -with 9,000 callers dialing the Ohio GOP senator's office on Wednesday alone.

While Republican response to McCain's announcement was muted Friday, Obamacare supporters were quick to praise the senator for his decision.

There are no state-specific estimates of the Graham-Cassidy bill's impact on the number of uninsured.

Johnson has said those protections drive up the cost of coverage for the healthy. When McCain's children and some colleagues flocked to his Arizona ranch this summer, the mood was upbeat and the senator often joined his guests for hikes.

During a debate Thursday night, odd emphasized "the president supports me", while Moore argued that unusual supporter Senate Majority Mitch McConnell and other members of the "elite Washington establishment" were trying to influence the race.

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