Trump leans on GOP health bill holdouts

John McCain diagnosed with a fatal tumour is well enough to play a central role in the vote on healthcare reforms

McCain "let Arizona down.", the president wrote on Twitter.

Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford to lose the support of only two Republicans, assuming all Democrats vote against the measure to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Still, there are no signs that Paul is close to reversing his position on Graham-Cassidy, the latest health care bill, which would repeal the individual and employer mandates in Obamacare, get rid of the subsidies and Medicaid expansion and instead give states block grants to set up their own health care programs. "The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable".

Although many have said McCain's opposition effectively ends the GOP health care push, Lewandowski said Trump is a master deal-maker and he will continue to work with lawmakers like Sens. John McCain of Arizona, will oppose the measure. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, saying they're trying to devolve money and power out of Washington and return it to the states.

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Republicans need 50 votes in a 100-seat chamber they control 52-48 to succeed.

McCain and Graham have always been best friends, and Graham wrote on Twitter Friday, "My friendship with @SenJohnMcCain is not based on how he votes but respect for how he's lived his life and the person he is".

Here's a recap of four key flash points in the health overhaul debate with links to NPR coverage over the past six months, and our chart laying out how the Graham-Cassidy bill under consideration in the Senate addresses those issues compared with the Affordable Care Act.

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"It's very hard for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", Collins told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of The Union".

Republican Sens. Rand Paul and John McCain have said they would vote no. Sen. "He campaigned on Repeal & Replace". The Arizona Senator most recently drew the president's ire for killing Republicans' last attempt to strip millions of Americans of their health care. Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., "sold John McCain a bill of goods".

McCain's objection could doom conservatives' seven-year campaign to erase Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement. Rand Paul and other Republicans who might oppose the GOP's last-gasp effort to topple the Obama health care law.

I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party! "This is a bad idea, not repealed". McCain was frustrated by Republicans hasty efforts to pass the bill without it going through what he called "regular order".

It is the second time he has thwarted his party leadership on the issue.

Collins, McCain, Murkowski, Portman, Gardner, and Capito telling them to vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill.

"Cruz says he doesn't think Utah GOP Sen". Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. They face a September 30 deadline, at which point special rules that prevent a Democratic filibuster will expire.

Collins also said senators are continuing to change the bill as they lobby to keep it from failing, and those changes could make it hard for the Congressional Budget Office to provide a full analysis.

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