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Today Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he will vote against Graham-Cassidy, saying:

I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.

Also, Sen. Rand Paul (R-TN) confirmed that he will vote against the bill, despite the God-King’s threats:

“Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare ‘repeal’ doesn’t make it true. That’s what the swamp does,” Paul tweeted. “I won’t be bribed or bullied.”

And Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) looks like another ‘No’ vote:

“I’m leaning against the bill,” the Maine Republican said after listing a series of serious deficiencies in the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill.
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“I’m reading the fine print on Graham-Cassidy,” Collins said. She said insurers could charge sky-high rates to people with pre-existing conditions. “The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable.”

This comes as a new study concluded Graham-Cassidy would create 15 million more uninsured in the next two years, 21 million by 2026, and 32 million after that. And a Public Policy Polling survey found only 24% of Americans support Graham-Cassidy, while 54% approve of Obamacare. Will threats to defund federal programs in Alaska unless Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) votes ‘Yes’ prove to be moot?

BONUS QUESTION: How many more repeal bills will Senate Republicans concoct in the next 8 days?

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