by Mish

In the interim, Senator Susan Collins became the third Republican to oppose the measure.

Collins joins McCain and Rand Paul. Lisa Murkowski is on the fence and so is Ted Cruz. In short, it’s hopeless.

A last-ditch ObamaCare repeal effort by Republicans was all but dead on Monday after Sen. Susan Collins became the third Republican to oppose the measure.
Collins announced her opposition minutes after the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis predicting that millions would lose insurance under the proposal if it became law.
That was enough for Collins, who had long been seen as an almost certain ‘no’ vote on the measure.
She joins Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) as GOP “no” votes. Republicans can only afford two defections and still muscle the bill through the Senate.

In a lengthy statement, Collins said the most recent ObamaCare repeal bill, which had been reshaped Sunday in an effort to win her over, “was as deeply flawed as its previous iterations.”
She cited the CBO’s score as one of her reasons for opposing the legislation authored by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.), while also criticizing its cuts to Medicaid, its weakening of protections for people with preexisting conditions and predictions by insurers, hospitals and other groups that it would lead to higher premiums and less coverage for people.

It’s not clear whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will still try to hold a floor vote later this week, something some GOP donors and the White House may want to see just to get senators on the record.
The push came as Republicans faced a Sept. 30 deadline for passing ObamaCare repeal under special budget reconciliation rules that prevent Democrats from launching a filibuster.


One Word, One Question

One Word: Pathetic!

One question: What the hell game is McCain playing?

Bonus Question: What the hell game is Ted Cruz playing?

Yesterday, Politico reported Cruz opposes latest Obamacare repeal attempt. That link is from yesterday.

Today, Politico quotes Cruz: “We need to get the job done. We need to keep working at it until we accomplish the task. We need to use whatever procedural tools are necessary to honor the promise we made to the American people to repeal Obamacare.”

Is this a joke?

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

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