BREAKING: Graham-Cassidy Looks Dead

Ken AshfordCongress, Health CareLeave a Comment

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) just announced that he will vote against the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, potentially dooming the legislation.  He joints Rand Paul (R-Ky) in being against the bill.

If both stick to their word, then the bill will end up being a 50-50 tie in the Senate, causing Vice President Pence to make a tie-breaking vote.

Oddly, the two Republican “no” votes have nothing to do with the fact that Graham-Cassidy will result in tens of millions being off health insurance.

Rand Paul doesn’t like it because it doesn’t completely repeal Obamacare.

McCain doesn’t like it because he doesn’t are for the process (no hearings, debates, amendments, etc.)

Susan Collins (R-Ct) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are the most likely Republicans to come out against the bill, since they have also voted against previous attempts to replace Obamacare. Susan Collins said earlier today she is “leaning against” it.

CAVEAT: McCain is unpredictable.  And there are several days to go before a vote is called for.