Newest GOP health care bill likely dead as Republicans pull support

Newest GOP health care bill likely dead as Republicans pull support

The latest bill, known as Graham-Cassidy after its primary sponsors Sen.

"We are relieved that the Senate has made a decision to put aside the flawed Graham-Cassidy bill that would have hurt hundred of thousands of Coloradans", said Hickenlooper in a statement.

Because of the slim majority margin held by Republicans - 52-48 - just three no votes from Republican Senators would kill the bill.

Before Collins's announcement, Trump expressed frustration that Republicans had talked for years about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act but failed to deliver now that a Republican was in the White House. John McCain of Arizona, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Texas' Ted Cruz who'd already said they opposed the measure. Before the bill even hits the floor, Sens.

Republicans had pinned their last hopes on a measure by GOP Sens.

President Donald Trump said he's "disappointed in certain so-called Republicans" who have opposed the proposed bill. It would make sweeping changes and cuts to Medicaid, with experts projecting a staggering US$1 trillion plus in cuts between 2020 and 2036 to the federal health programme for the poor and the disabled, which has been expanded under Obamacare.

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Collins had said she was not likely to support the measure but came out as an official "no" following the late-Monday afternoon release of a preliminary Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that estimated the legislation would strip millions of their health insurance.

Half the 30 states President Donald Trump won a year ago would lose money. They also gave states the ability - without federal permission - to permit insurers to charge people with serious illnesses higher premiums and to sell low-premium policies with big coverage gaps and high deductibles.

Trump has repeatedly attacked McCain for his vote on Twitter and on an Alabama-based radio show Monday.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, meanwhile, relentlessly defended his bill under sometimes-intense questioning from senators, right up until the hearing adjourned around 7 p.m. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the GOP fight to erase President Barack Obama's 2010 health care overhaul would continue. Referring to Obama's overhaul, he added, "What you have created isn't working".

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., also took a walk down memory lane, though to send a different message.

She said colleagues and others have helped her battle the disease with compassion, saying, "Sadly, this is not in this bill".