by Mish

Senate Republicans have only until the end of the month to repeal Obamacare under a special legislative process, and there were new signs Monday that the GOP is getting closer to the magic number of votes.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona told an MSNBC correspondent he might “reluctantly” vote for the measure offered by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, both Republicans. Their bill gets rid of the individual and employer mandates and the 2.3% tax on medical devices, and block-grants money to states, leaving reform up to governors.
McCain said he wanted to determine if the concerns of Arizona’s governor were “taken care of.” Monday afternoon, Gov. Doug Ducey called the bill “the best path forward to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly told Republicans that if the bill has the support of at least 50 of the 52 GOP senators, he’ll bring it to the floor. Under the reconciliation process, it would need 50 votes to pass, assuming Vice President Mike Pence breaks the tie.
But even if McCain supports it, Republicans may not quite be at the needed number of votes. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has said he’s a “no.” Meanwhile, Maine’s Sen. Susan Collins says she “has concerns.”
That may leave the bill’s fate in the hands of Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski. Earlier Monday, she told a CNN reporter she was undecided. In July, Murkowski, Collins and McCain voted against a different Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, scuttling that bill. Paul voted “yes” on that bill.

Poll – Repealed This Year?

Mike “Mish” Shedlock


Obamacare Repeal Dies Again: What the Hell is McCain Up To? Cruz?

Last week, Senator John McCain revived the Obamacare repeal idea with a declaration he would vote for repeal if the governor of Arizona backed the idea. The Governor backed the idea but Mccain reversed.

Obamacare Repeal Fails By One Vote: McCain’s

Senator McCain returned to the Senate last week providing the 50th vote allowing debate on Obamacare to begin. In an ironic twist of fate, shortly after Midnight on Friday, McCain voted against the Obamacare repeal. It failed 51-49.

Obamacare Repeal Vote May Be Delayed, Won’t Pass Senate: Trump Makes “Final Offer”

It’s much harder to get votes to do something when the votes actually matter. After scheduling a vote on Obamacare for today, GOP lawmakers now say ObamaCare Repeal Vote May Be Delayed.

Search for 216 Votes: Obamacare Replacement Act Headed for Flames, Perhaps Overwhelmingly

The search for 216 votes in the House to repeal and replace Obamacare is underway. Odds appear the search will fall short, perhaps very short.

Move to Repeal and Replace Obamacare Underway: Only 50 Senate Votes Needed

At long last, Republicans have unveiled a plan to replace Obamacare. To do so, they will need nearly every Republican vote.

Obamacare Replacement an Impossible Nut to Crack

Obamacare replacement looks all but dead in the Senate. If by some magic it passes the Senate, it will still have to meet House approval.

McCain has Blood on his Hands

If there was ever any doubt who perpetual warmonger, Senator John McCain, wanted for US president, this headline explains: Russian cyberintrusions an ‘act of war’

Asininity from McCain “Send Weapons to Ukraine”

This bit of asininity just came in from McCain: Send Weapons to Ukraine. McCain also repeated idiotic comments on Russian interference in the US election.

Obamacare “Now or Never” Not Enough Votes Says Ryan: Elvis Musical Tribute

Trump issued an ultimatum yesterday to the House. For details please see Art of the Deal – Trump Tells G.O.P. to Fall in Line or Be Stuck With Obamacare: Why Bother?