Senate Republicans ponder whether to force vote on doomed healthcare bill

Jimmy Kimmel zinged critics over health care as he returned to late-night television

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Sen. Susan Collins has confirmed that she will vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill, seemingly quashing Republicans' hopes of passing an Affordable Care Act repeal measure before the end of the month.

"It's an important debate for our country", McConnell said, opening the Senate's day. He called the prospects "bleak". "But we are disappointed in certain so-called Republicans". Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

President Donald Trump has been in the headlines with his recent comments on NFL players kneeling down during the national anthem before games. The GOP has made promises to scrap the law a high-profile vow for years, and its failure to deliver despite controlling the White House and Congress has infuriated conservatives whose votes Republican candidates need.

One Republican senator, speaking to CNN, repeatedly referred to the bill in the past tense. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), could come this week, perhaps Wednesday, although a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would not confirm a timeline to the New York Times.

Collins, McCain and Paul have each voiced separate, fundamental problems with either the bill's content or the repeal process as a whole. Moderate Senate Republicans have joined John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky in rejecting the bill.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, remains undecided.

"It found, as I expected would be the case, that it would have a negative impact on millions of Americans who are now insured, so it was that final piece of the puzzle that I had been waiting to confirm", Collins told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Republicans could afford just two defectors in the 100-member Senate chamber.

Kimmel pointedout that most Republican senators are voting for the bill despite what their constituents think - citing Public Policy poll this weekend that claimed only 47 percent of Republican voters approve of Graham-Cassidy even though 90 percent of Republican Senators are planning to vote for it. It would end Obama's Medicaid expansion and subsidies for consumers and ship the money - $1.2 trillion through 2026 - to states to use on health services with few constraints.

Collins announced Monday evening that she is against the bill.

"The bill would have negative consequences on consumers and patients by further destabilizing the individual market; cutting Medicaid; pulling back on protections for pre-existing conditions; not ending taxes on health insurance premiums and benefits; and potentially allowing government-controlled, single-payer health care to grow", a summary of their testimony states.

You'd have to be an idiot to count on Susan Collins, so why blame her? "Our lives depend on Medicaid", she said, adding that she's fearful that the legislation will take away Medicaid recipients' ability to live at home and force people into nursing homes. They couldn't proceed. And it delayed the hearing.

"No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty", the protesters chanted on Monday afternoon.

Proponents of repealing the Affordable Care Act revealed yet another new bill Monday, with changes that appear created to win the vote of U.S. Sen. Trump called that "a tremendous slap in the face of the Republican Party" in a call to the "Rick & Bubba Show", an Alabama-based talk radio program.

Graham-Cassidy would have cut federal insurance funding for people making up to four times the federal poverty level, probably resulting in many of them losing insurance, unless states move in, the report states.

Also testifying was Sen.

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