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>> Morning, Senator.>> Morning.>> US Republican Senator Susan Collins on Sunday saying she's strongly leaning against voting for her party's last ditch effort to dismantle Obamacare.>> It is hard for me to envision getting to yes on this bill. Because my concerns are so fundamental.>> Senator Ted Cruz also expressing his opposition to the legislation on Sunday.
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Saying at an event in Texas, quote, right now, they don't have my vote,and I don't think they have Mike Lee's vote either. The bill introduced by Republican senators Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy would strip Federal funding from the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, and cut subsidies created under Obama care.
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It would instead give money to individual states as block grants to fund their healthcare needs as they see fit. Hospitals, medical advocacy groups, and the Retiree's Lobby, all coming out against the bill since its introduction. Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate. The bill needs 50 votes to pass.
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Kentucky Republican Rand Paul has said he's leaning no. And Arizona Senator John McCain on Friday saying in a statement, quote, I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. McCain's memorable and decisive thumbs down vote killed the last so-called skinny repeal bill. A moment President Trump lamented at Friday night's rally in Alabama.
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>> That was a horrible, horrible thing that happened to the Republican party.>> If McCain and Paul hold firm, Collins' hesitation might spell the end of this latest effort. The Senator from Maine which has a large low-income elderly population, saying the current bill would too radically impact Medicaid.
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>> The Medicaid program has been on the books for more than 50 years. The Graham Cassidy bill proposes a dramatic, sweeping change in the way that program would be allocated and administered.>> Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell said he intended to bring Graham Cassidy to the Senate floor for a vote this week, though he has not promised to do so.