"LG" was a reference to the SC senator Lindsey Graham, a close friend of McCain who is a co-sponsor of the new bill with Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
"I'm a big boy and willing to go back and forth with the president", he said. But the comments by Collins and Cruz left the Republican drive to uproot President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act dangling by an increasingly slender thread. In an unusual move, Senate Republicans are poised to vote before receiving that analysis, known as a CBO score. "I don't expect him to vote because we're friends, I expect him to vote for what's best for the country". Trump, who also a strained relationship with McCain, has slammed the Arizona Senator in recent days. All Democrats will vote against it. Up until last week, when GOP interest suddenly surged in the Graham-Cassidy plan, there had been increasing efforts to find some kind of agreement between Senators in both parties on ways to make some short term improvements in the Obama health care system for those in the individual and non-group insurance market. "I'm very excited about it". It would also limit spending for Medicaid, the federal-state program that now covers more than 70 million low-income people.
"It's very hard for me to imagine a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill", says Senator Susan Collins. That means there will nearly certainly be enough GOP opposition to sink it.
Cruz said that he and Lee met with Graham and Cassidy last week to propose changes to the measure that would get them to yes, but their changes were not included.
Paul said he worked closely with the White House over the weekend to discuss the details of potential changes to the Cassidy-Graham bill and is in touch with Graham. Lee spokesman Conn Carroll said Lee wants "technical changes" but hasn't finalized his position. States that rejected the Medicaid expansion, many with Republican leadership, would gain $73 billion.
But it was far from clear Sunday that they could get even close to that number.
Trump defended the bill, tweeting: "Large Block Grants to States is a good thing to do".
"It was sad", Trump said. But Maine GOP Sen. In a separate appearance on CBS, Collins said the sole hearing to consider a measure that would drastically alter many elements of health care in the USA, scheduled for Monday, is "not even close to enough". Collins and Murkowski were the only Republicans who voted "no" on four pivotal votes on earlier versions of the GOP legislation in July. She said her concerns include keeping protections for pre-existing conditions and not decimating Medicaid, the state-federal health program for the poor.
Cruz said that was a "bogus" deadline. If party leaders expected to lose, they would have to choose between conservatives demanding no surrender and others seeing no point in another demoralizing defeat.
McCain also was the critical "no" vote against a previous attempt to overhaul the law in July.
Major health industry organizations including America's Health Insurance Plans representing insurers and the American Hospital Association released a statement Saturday urging the legislation's rejection. On Friday, he pushed back pressure from President Donald Trump, saying he won't be "bribed or bullied".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been planning to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote next week, setting up what would be another dramatic decision on a 2010 law that President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans have vowed to dismantle. "We've put a cap on Obamacare growth to make it more sustainable, more affordable, more flexible".