Toomey stands Pat on GOP health care plan

Toomey stands Pat on GOP health care plan

Murkowski said Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., dug into the Alaska particulars and learned how expensive it is to deliver health care in the state.

"Well, to be clear, due to events under our control and not under our control, we do not have the votes", Cassidy said. Susan Collins of ME said she opposed the latest version of the bill. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) also expressed opposition to the bill, saying that it did not go far enough in repealing the provisions of the ACA, and calling it a "fake repeal bill".

Senate Republicans until September 30 to pass an ACA repeal through budget reconciliation, a congressional procedure that can advance legislation through simple majorities and bypass the need for Democratic support.

Earlier that day, President Donald Trump reportedly signaled during a bipartisan meeting at the White House that he would collaborate with Democratic lawmakers on health care if Senate Republicans were unable to repeal the ACA with Graham-Cassidy.

Members of Congress searched for a way forward on health care legislation Tuesday, but as they did, the wreckage of the latest Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act continued to threaten to block the way for bipartisan progress.

"At some point there will be a repeal and replace but we'll see whether or not that point is now or whether it will be shortly thereafter", Trump said.

The move comes less than 24 hours after Maine Sen.

Sen. Graham then revealed that Republicans will try to repeal Obamacare after they pass a tax reform package. While some Democrats support it, Republicans view it as an attempt to create a government-run health care system. Her state has extremely high health care costs, in part because of its many remote communities.

GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said, "Why have a vote if you know what the outcome is and it's not what you want".

Trump has called for the elimination of the filibuster before, but despite his continued calls to eliminate the filibuster, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has summarily rejected the idea.

With that said, Murray called on the HELP Committee to "pick back up right where we left off and let's do it right now".

"The Cassidy-Graham bill would have been a health care disaster, and the American people saw it", Schumer said. "We must continue our efforts to reform our healthcare system - by reducing costs, increasing access, and providing quality healthcare that Americans deserve".

Meanwhile President Trump warned Congressional Republicans that he will work with Democrats if they fail to come up with a way to pass the healthcare bill. In fact, in an extensive floor speech the senator cited the failure to follow "regular order" as his reason against voting for the "skinny repeal" proposal that came before the Graham-Cassidy plan.

Vice President Mike Pence appeared on a ME radio talk show today stating the Trump administration is "certainly disappointed" by Collins' refusal to support the latest Obamacare repeal effort.