>> The last-ditch Republican plan to roll back Obamacare losing steam on Friday as Senator John McCain comes out against it. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where it looks like President Trump's Republicans will come up short yet again on health reform. Their latest efforts suffering a sharp setback after McCain, the man who torpedoed their earlier effort this summer, saying he's a no on this bill as well.
And he's not the only one, Rand Paul of Kentucky also giving the thumbs down and Susan Collins of Maine saying she's likely to vote against it as well. That means Republicans almost certainly short of the 50 votes they need to get this bill through the Senate. McCain saying in a statement that he cannot in good conscience support the bill because he does not know how much it would cost or how it would affect insurance coverage, repeating his call for Republicans to work with Democrats to improve America's patchwork healthcare system.
The former Republican Presidential nominee, now battling brain cancer, dealing a blow to his close friend, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who together with Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy has authored a plan that would give states greater control over hundreds of billions of dollars of health spending, scale back coverage for the poor and weaken Obamacare's protections for the elderly and people who are already sick.
The non-partisan Brookings Institution estimating the plan would cost 21 million Americans to lose health coverage. Hospitals, patient groups, and insurance companies coming out against it. Late night television host Jimmy Kimmel, whose infant son has serious health problems, attacking it for three nights straight, accusing the bill's sponsors of lying about its contents.
This bill is widely seen as the last chance for Republicans to make good on their long-standing promise to get rid of Obamacare. That's because at the end of the month, special rules expire that allow them to pass legislation without Democratic support. So if they come up short on this vote, Obamacare almost certainly will remain the law of the land.