"The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill does not move us closer to that goal", they wrote.
"If you want a hearing, you better shut up", Hatch said, pounding his gavel. The president said McCain's opposition amounted to a "tremendous slap in the face to the Republican Party". Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would shift funding and key coverage decisions for both private insurers and Medicaid to states instead of the federal government.
Just three Republican opponents would kill the bill in the narrowly divided Senate.
Cassidy acted as both a committee member and a witness.
With the sound of protestors echoing outside the committee chamber, Oregon Democrat Sen. The non-partisan Brookings Institution estimated - based on an earlier version of the bill - that 21 million fewer people will have insurance by 2026.
"It's time for Democrats to step up" Collins said to reporters. Patty Murray, had been unable to reach a deal that could pass.
The revised version would send more money to Alaska, Arizona and ME in a clear effort to win over Murkowski, McCain and Collins. Under Graham-Cassidy, funding would "shift away from states that expanded eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and toward states that did not". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska with policy changes and more money for their states. They also gave states the ability - without federal permission - to permit insurers to charge people with serious illnesses higher premiums and to sell low-premium policies with big coverage gaps and high deductibles. Lisa Murkowski is undecided.
Paul when asked about the bill incentives.
"These people, dressed as they are, come from all over the United States to make deals, here in the marketplace of America!" Those measures would be replaced with the block grant program.
The bill's sponsors claim it protects patients with pre-existing conditions.
An aide for Sen. And Sen. Ted Cruz, speaking in his home state of Texas, said that "right now they don't have my vote". But GOP leaders are pressing for a vote ahead of a broader CBO analysis of the bill's impact on costs and coverage. The deadline for using that expedited process is September 30. It's not clear yet whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will still bring the bill to the floor for a vote now that its fate is clear.
The bill's chances appear in doubt. Sen.
Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, had previously said he would oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill on the grounds that it did not go far enough in repealing the health law.
McCain announced in a statement Friday that he opposes the last-ditch effort because it wasn't done through regular order. "Today, we find out there is now a fourth version of the Graham-Cassidy proposal, which is as deeply flawed as previous iterations", Collins said.
"I would like to welcome everyone, and I do mean everyone", said Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), as a protester suddenly yelled, "Save our Liberty". Vice President Pence could break a 50-50 tie in favor of the legislation.
After Collins, McCain and Murkowski voted to sink the last GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare in July, bipartisan efforts to fix the health care system began. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would repeal important features of the Affordable Care Act, such as the subsidies that help people afford health insurance, requirements for Americans to have coverage and for large businesses to provide it, and benefits required under current law.