After the announcement from Collins, Sen.
The bill, sponsored by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsay Graham, aimed to eliminate key portions of Obamacare, including the system whereby citizens are fined if they do not obtain health insurance and government subsidies are provided to insurers to expand Medicaid.
Sen. Bill Cassidy on Monday pledged not to give up on his Obamacare repeal plan despite lacking GOP support to win its passage by a Saturday deadline. But she did offer praise to both Graham and Cassidy for their work, while highlighting the "unique challenges" Alaska faces as a sparsely populated state and the difficulty of getting real data on the effects of the Cassidy-Graham bill in such a short period of time. We must keep working. "You know the sewers up there are filled with child-eating clowns", Kimmel said, referring to the hit horror movie "It".
The measure has a September 30 deadline, which is the last day Republicans can pass a repeal bill with only 50 votes, instead of the necessary 60, due to special budget rules created to foil a Democratic filibuster.
Lawmakers were openly discussing taking another run at a repeal effort in whatever way they could find.
"Sweeping reforms to our healthcare system and to Medicaid can't be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target", Collins said.
Graham may be philosophically unchanged, but his role in the health care debate has him playing a different kind of part.
They have until the end of the month to pass the bill with at least 50 votes.
One Republican senator, speaking to CNN, repeatedly referred to the bill in the past tense. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., shook his head and said, "No", when asked if a roll call would occur.
"Patience is a virtue".
"We have 52 votes so we can't lose any votes".
Though he started this process in late July predicting some Democrats would be attracted to the proposal, Graham has gone on to adopt a "with us or against us" mentality for his legislation.
That timeline comes with its own problems, however.
Republicans could afford just two defectors in the 100-member Senate chamber.
Graham tried to put a fearless face on the move, saying his bill offered a solid alternative to what he called the failure of Obamacare. But despite the tweaks, a single hearing on the bill, and lobbying by senators and President Donald Trump, those efforts failed. (Nonexpansion states, meanwhile, would see 30% more funding, per the CBO).