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Health Bill Appears Dead as Pivotal GOP Senator Declares Opposition

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Kristan HawkinsPresident Students for Life of America 

3:41 PM 09/25/2017

Collins' announcement means Senate Republicans do not have the votes for the bill, which was spearheaded by Sens.

This final hope comes in the form of a measure from GOP Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham.

The Arizona Republican not only was the deciding vote against the "skinny" Obamacare repeal effort in July but also said Friday that he would not vote for the latest healthcare reform effort.

Under the new plan, Alaska would see a 3-percent boost over the coming decade, ME would get 43 percent more.

Republicans want to pass the bill before Saturday, Sep.

However Trump virtually ignored the legislative process promised to sign any Republican measure that made it through Congress, where the GOP came up short of votes on at least four attempts to add millions of Americans to the ranks of the uninsured.

This legislation specifically targets California's investments by reducing our resources and redistributing them to other states that have de-prioritized health care. The Senate had until the end of September to pass a bill with a simple majority - 51 votes - under the reconciliation procedure. Rand Paul remained opposed to the bill on Monday. Sen. A physician practicing family medicine for more than 20 years, Abraham voiced his support for the proposed piece of legislation that would repeal and replace Obamacare.

"I've never seen insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, patient groups, all of them lined up on the same side", said Julius Hobson, a D.C. -based health care lobbyist and former head of congressional relations for the American Medical Association.

The block grants given to states would be $230 billion less than what the CBO projected the federal government would spend on subsidies from 2020 to 2026, and as a result the bill would cut the deficit by $133 billion.

But as of mid-day Monday, Politico was reporting that Murkowski, Paul, and Collins had not changed their positions and McCain had become a "hard no". "Paul on board, they are likely to lose numerous moderates", he says. A handful of Republicans have expressed opposition to the Graham-Cassidy proposal, putting its future in jeopardy since Republicans can only afford to lose two of their members on the bill.

Cruz's office did not respond to a request for comment, but the senator did tell CNN on Sunday he does not support the current bill, but is working with the sponsors to get to its passing.

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