Obamacare repeal bill 'dead' as key Republican opposes Trump

Obamacare repeal bill 'dead' as key Republican opposes Trump

But following a Senate Finance Committee meeting on Monday, Republican Sen. In May, he voted for the House version of rolling back the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare. But when he conceded defeat on Tuesday, three members of his conference had already publicly declared their opposition: Ms. Collins, Mr. McCain and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Republican leaders had squelched those talks as the latest repeal plan gained steam, hoping to present senators a single, take-it-or-leave-it decision on the legislation, written by Sens.

It was a major blow for the president and Republican leadership, who have made Obamacare's repeal a top priority.

A congressional window that allowed the Senate to pass bills with a simple majority ends September 30.

Arizona Sen. John McCain recently said that he would oppose Graham-Cassidy because of the process that led to the bill, which does not fall under regular legislative order. Bill Cassidy, a co-sponsor of the bill, said during an afternoon briefing on Capitol Hill. Holding only 52 seats, it's unlikely they'd produce a bill that would cause eight of their Democratic colleagues to support it.

"We are not going to be able to do that this week, but it still lies ahead of us, and we haven't given up on that", Mr McConnell said.

From the White House, Mr Trump said he was "disappointed in certain so-called Republicans" who opposed the measure, adding, "We don't know why they did it". That means that eight Democrats are controlling all of this legislation.

Following the failure of the GOP health care bill, Gillibrand is hopeful that Congress will focus on bipartisan solutions.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to hold a vote this week, but that looks increasingly unlikely. Some lawmakers were even pushing to tackle health care and taxes - a pair of "unbelievably complex" subjects, as the president once noted - simultaneously. The GOP hold 52 seats in the 100-member Senate, but already Republicans Rand Paul of Kentucky, John McCain of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME had announced their opposition, and Sen.

They could only afford two rebel senators to pass the bill, and were working to a deadline of the end of this week. The next best opportunity for a potential ACA - informally called "Obamacare" - repeal could come in the 2019 fiscal year, beginning next October, Graham said.

"Under the health care system we now have, too many insurance companies continue to value their profits more than they value the people they're supposed to be helping", she said.