Cassidy says "absolutely" senators may still back healthcare bill

Cassidy says

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Paul said there are parts of the Graham-Cassidy bill that he supports like expanding health savings accounts, waivers for governors and capping entitlement spending. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., introduced a revised bill on Monday. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.

After defending himself against criticism from outlets like Fox News, Kimmel brought up Collins' defection and the apparent death of Graham-Cassidy. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME and John McCain of Arizona, whose states would get more federal health-care funding under his revamped bill compared to a previous version. But, he said, he would vote for it anyway because Republicans had vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

When Trump won, it quickly became obvious that congressional Republicans had nothing more than their rhetoric to offer.

"Today, we find out that there is now a fourth version of the Graham-Cassidy proposal, which is as deeply flawed as the previous iterations", Collins added. And he expressed hope that might put Collins in the measure's favor.

"It's an important debate for our country", McConnell said. "It's not for Susan, it's for the Mainers".

The Senate will not hold a vote this week on the crippled Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, GOP lawmakers said Tuesday, kicking the issue into possibly next year or even later.

Republicans have until September 30 to pass the Graham-Cassidy plan under the process known as budget reconciliation, which allows them to avoid a Democratic filibuster and approve the bill with a simple majority.

Still, given the vast pressure Republicans are facing from their base constituents and conservative donors to repeal Obamacare - not to mention constant criticism from Trump - the Senate could still proceed to a vote later this week. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have announced firm opposition to the latest GOP health care bill. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, and Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat.

"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. But the new state-by-state formula in the revised measure introduced this morning has some winners and losers, with Alaska gaining 3 percent more than it would have under the old bill; ME securing 43 percent; and Arizona receiving 15 percent in additional federal funding.

The Republican legislation would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and also swap funding on medicaid expansion and individual insurance market subsidies all the way through 2026. Each state would then decide how to spend those funds.

"If senators can adjust a funding formula over a weekend to help a single state, they could just as easily adjust that formula in the future to hurt that state", Collins said in a statement. "Save our liberty!" protesters shouted for several minutes, forcing the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Orrin Hatch, to suspend the hearing shortly after calling it to order. So our job now is to defeat this disastrous proposal, get back to the drawing board, see if we can work together for some short-term fixes.

Two other potential "no" votes are Alaska Sen.