"I can not in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal", the Arizona Republican said in a statement.
Regardless, McCain's announcement signals that-unless he or Sen.
Senate Republicans have until September 30 to pass the bill before a parliamentary device that protects related legislation from a filibuster expires. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski are undecided.
"The deliberate intent of this law is to redistribute money from the states that expanded Medicaid to those that didn't", he said.
Late Saturday, six associations representing US doctors, hospitals and insurers said they opposed the bill because it would cause patients with pre-existing conditions to lose coverage and result in more expensive health insurance. Given past history, it is very unlikely that Collins and Murkowski will support the Graham-Cassidy legislation. She has yet to announce her decision.
The Senate Finance Committee on Monday will hold a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy bill.
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MSNBC morning TV show host Joe Scarborough was ebullient.
McCain says he isn't voting in favor of the bill sponsored by Sens. On Friday afternoon, Republican Sen. "Republicans, their entire brand is predicated at this point on the slogan of repeal and replace", he said. - Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday morning that it would be "very hard for me to envision a scenario" where she would vote for Republicans' latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the Maine Republican said she wanted to wait for a Congressional Budget Office score of the Graham-Cassidy bill before rendering a final decision. McCain and Graham are close friends.
The Graham-Cassidy bill does not repeal the Affordable Care Act's rule that prevents insurers from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions-a provision known as guaranteed issue.
President Trump, speaking at a rally Friday night in Alabama, called McCain's opposition "sad" and "a terrible, disgusting thing" for the Republican Party.
The 140-page measure, which top Republicans hope to push through the Senate next week, is stuffed with language making some states winners and others losers.
Collins' comments were consistent with what she told reporters Friday that she was "leaning against" the bill, according to The Portland Press Herald. McCain, in a statement, said that he believes that his colleagues in Congress can do a better job, and they haven't even begun trying. Patty Murray, D-Washington, had been working to reach a bipartisan agreement to stabilize Obamacare insurance markets.
Those dollars would be partially replaced with block grants from the federal government to the states, each of which would have to design and implement its own health-care program. "With only a few legislative days left for the entire process to conclude, there clearly is not sufficient time for policymakers, governors, Medicaid directors, or other critical stakeholders to engage in the thoughtful deliberation necessary to ensure successful long-term reforms".