Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, it would not have the votes to pass, and would be the last Republican attempt to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature legislation before a September 30 procedural deadline that allows the GOP to pass health care legislation without the support of any Democrats or independents.
Senator Susan Collins of ME told CNN she was not ready to declare with certainty that she would vote against the overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and wanted to wait for an assessment of the Republican proposal that the independent Congressional Budget Office is expected to release Monday.
President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had both been pushing hard for the bill in recent days, and McCain's best friend in the Senate, Graham, was an author.
"I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", he said.
The Texas Republican said he and Lee discussed the measure with its sponsors - GOP Sens.
The closely divided Senate means that the Republicans, who control the chamber, can not lose more than two GOP senators if they hope to pass the legislation. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. He said he opposed a key pillar of the legislation - transforming much of the federal spending under Obama's law into block grants of money that states could spend with wide latitude.
U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday he opposes the latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare, dealing the measure a heavy blow, with several other Republicans still undecided on the measure.
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The Republican leader is also keeping a close eye this week on the Senate race in Alabama, where Republican Sen. John McCain said Friday he will not support a last-gasp Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, making him the second Republican lawmaker to do so, casting significant doubt on the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare. Those have been put on hold, but if Republicans can't pass a bill in the Senate by the end of the week bipartisan efforts could pick up again.
McCain was the deciding vote in July, his "no" vote scuttling a narrow Obamacare repeal bill that McConnell had offered. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a TV interview that it was "very difficult" to envision voting for the bill written by Sens.
Paul spokesman Sergio Gor told CNN Friday that Paul is "unlikely" to change his mind even if changes were made to the bill, and a leadership aide said they thought Paul was way too far gone to come back around now.
Eyes are also on Alaska Sen.
"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", McCain said in a statement Friday.
Trump said that McCain's last senatorial campaign "was all about repeal and replace, repeal and replace". Instead, the federal government would block-grant health care funding to the states - which critics say could destabilize the healthcare market and cut millions of people off of insurance.
This time McCain issued a statement well in advance of next week's expected vote. The bill allows states to weaken coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, coverage of essential health benefits, and lifetime caps on a person's care.