Susan Collins opposes Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, dooming the Republican Obamacare repeal

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Republicans have vowed for years to get rid of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but they are up against a September 30 deadline to pass a bill with a simple majority, or face a much tougher path toward dismantling it.

Senator Susan Collins of ME might have saved Utah Senator Orrin Hatch from a few minutes of verbal abuse had she tweeted eight hours earlier. Lindsey Graham of SC.

Due to their narrow majority and unified Democratic opposition, Republicans can lose just two GOP votes and still push the legislation through the Senate. "Sweeping reforms to our health care system and to Medicaid can't be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target", Collins said in the statement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (L) sits beside U.S. President Donald Trump during a leadership lunch at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 1, 2017.

McCain cited as a reason not to support previous ObamaCare replacement bills, said "Graham-Cassidy is the best path forward to repeal and replace ObamaCare". "It kicks millions of people off insurance".

The Graham-Cassidy bill would transform Medicaid, giving states, not the federal government, control over how the bulk of billions of dollars in funding is spent. That would disappear. And most experts also say this bill would weaken consumer protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, who Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. And then, once we had that going for us, I went on TV, spoke out and we may have stopped Cassidy-Graham.

The Senate's ability to use the fast-track process, however, expires at the end of the fiscal year, which is Saturday.

The Republicans' latest effort to tear down Obamacare died a noisy death Monday amid protests and a fourth GOP Senator declining to support it, prompting President Trump to lash out at one of the defectors.

Republicans were elected to repeal Obamacare and their power stems from people who trusted them when they said they would do this.

Republicans hold 52 seats in the 100-member Senate and can afford just two defectors.

Trump's most pointed comments were reserved for McCain, who was among three Republican senators that helped kill the last round of Republican repeal attempts in July. None of their concerns could be easily fixed by changing funding formulas.

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Senate Republicans will not vote this week on the latest, last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune said Monday that the bills prospects are "bleak".

The CBO said it would need "at least several weeks" to calculate point estimates of the effects on the deficit, health insurance coverage or premiums.

Other Republicans are wavering, too.

"When it comes to Obamacare, if you don't stop the bleeding, it will collapse", said Sen.

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