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'We don't have the votes': Senate cancels vote on Obamacare repeal

27 Setiembre 2017, 08:28 | Gervasio Siguenza

Revised ACA bill includes additional, but temporary, federal funds for Maine

A protester in a wheelchair is removed from the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance hearing on the Graham Cassidy health care bill on Sept. 25

Susan Collins said Monday that she opposes the latest incarnation of her party's effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, dealing what appeared to be a fatal blow to the proposed legislation. But opposition from at least three Republican senators in the narrowly-divided Senate sunk the measure's chances.

In a statement, Collins said the bill contained "devastating" Medicaid cuts and could weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

It became apparent on Monday that Republicans did not have the 50 votes needed to get the bill through the Senate when Sen.

Reconciliation lowers the threshold for breaking a filibuster and would effectively allow for the legislation to pass with a simple majority as opposed to sixty votes.

But Democrats immediately claimed victory, with Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer saying that with the failure of the Graham-Cassidy bill, "the health care of millions has been protected and preserved". The poll was taken between September 21 and 24.

It is estimated that under the proposal, federal funding for health care will be over $30 billion less than under the current system in 2020 and over $80 billion less by 2026. John McCain (R-Ariz.) or Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to change their minds.

The party leadership said the bill would not come to the Senate floor after a third "no" vote emerged.

Graham, however, said he's optimistic that Republicans will eventually repeal Obamacare.

"We know what we're against", Graham said.

"We have to begin looking at how do we control costs going forward".

The Republican senator called the protesters "good fodder for Twitter", proclaiming that the Senate panel is above such "shenanigans".

The announcement confirms an anticipated dash to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who said he hoped to see a vote on the legislation this week. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced Monday that she would not support the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, some Republicans considered their next move and whether the bill is even worth a vote.

But Sen. Graham laughed it off, arguing that Trump will not do anything that does not fully repeal and replace ObamaCare.

"We campaigned in the last November elections that we would repeal and replace".

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