John McCain 'never had any intention' of backing latest health care bill

Sen. Bill Cassidy R-La., and Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C. talk about healthcare on Thursday

McCain deals potential death blow to GOP health bill

LePage said the bill represents the "best chance" to reform the current system and to return decision-making about funding health care to the states.

Arizona had a 116% increase in ObamaCare premiums previous year, with deductibles very high.

President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington on September 12, 2017. "Let Arizona down!" Trump wrote about McCain on Twitter early Saturday morning.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas issued a statement Friday defending his support for the Cassidy-Graham health care bill, which independent analysts said would reduce the amount of federal funds going to Arkansas and other states that expanded their Medicaid programs while providing more money to states, such as Texas and MS, that did not expand Medicaid.

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McCain says he believes lawmakers could do better if Republicans and Democrats work together on a replacement for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Graham, too, vowed in a statement to "press on", and reaffirmed his friendship with McCain. Rand Paul of Kentucky - who's said he'll oppose the latest Republican bill because it doesn't abolish enough of the Affordable Care Act. Recalling a list of 10 "no" votes he was told he needed to court, Trump said, "John McCain was not on the list, so that was an unexpected thing".

He also claimed that Arizona's Obamacare premiums went up 116% past year, and added that Sen. [Senate minority leader] Chuck Schumer sold John McCain a bill of goods. Wouldn't it be ironic if he took John McCain's place - and they definitely do not like each other.

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I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!

Regarding Murkowski, he tweeted that in Alaska: "Deductibles high, people angry!"

In July, McCain was the key vote that killed the last GOP effort to dump Obamacare, flashing a dramatic thumbs down on the Senate floor in the waning minutes of the vote.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which analyzes legislation, has not had time to assess the Graham-Cassidy bill before the expected vote.

"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", McCain said in a statement about the bill sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy.

"We're still working", said one GOP source involved in the process.

McCain who is battling brain cancer, insists he can't support the bill without knowing how much it would cost, how it would affect insurance premiums and "how many people will be helped or hurt by it". The effort to gain Murkowski's support is also viewed as uphill, given the repeated insistence of Alaska's governor, independent Bill Walker, that any "deal" to secure her support likely wouldn't assuage his concerns and opposition to the bill.

An analysis published Friday by the Brookings Institution and the University of California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics projected that roughly 15 million Americans would lose coverage over the next two years if the Graham-Cassidy bill is enacted.

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