GOP's Latest ACA Health Insurance Repeal Still Faces Major Hurdles

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Susan Collins became the third Republican senator to officially oppose the bill, killing its chances of passing.

Collins lambasted the bill in a statement, citing her problems with the bill as three-fold: "sweeping changes and cuts" to Medicaid, weakening "protections for people with pre-existing conditions", and that it "would lead to higher premiums and reduced coverage for tens of millions of Americans".

With 52 seats in the 100-member Senate, Republicans could afford only two "no" votes from their ranks if the health reform bill were to pass, given unified opposition from Democrats.

Three Republicans came out against the bill - Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The only remaining hope for Republican party leaders is to change opponents' minds.

"Everybody knows that's going to fail", said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, who led a five-hour hearing on the bill on Monday afternoon.

"They don't care what you think, they want you to think what they think". He later resumed the hearing.

Susan Collins of ME coming out against the the Graham-Cassidy bill on Monday, it appears that the measure is dead - ending Kimmel's week-long run of impassioned attacks on the legislation. Graham and Cassidy to partially repeal Obamacare, putting an end to the effort as Republicans now lack the 50 votes needed to pass the measure.

Proponents argued the status quo will bankrupt America.

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"We're going to get a better outcome", Graham added.

Cassidy said that Paul should recognize that the new measure would save the country from the single-payer system that Sen. Michelle Benson told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she, too, agrees with Dayton, saying those on Medicaid, "should not be competing for limited resources with people who can make their own way".

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Graham says that by keeping the taxes in places, states can choose to do whatever they want with the money.

"There are some things that are good in the bill".

Even a partial report from the Congressional Budget Office was enough to apparently tip the scales against the latest Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act and prompted a crucial senator to announce she can not support the bill, seemingly sinking its chances.

"Millions of lives are at stake". Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who learned earlier this year that she has kidney cancer.

Yet one of the bill's authors, Louisiana Sen.

McCain provided the decisive "no" vote that torpedoed a previous Republican health care bill in July. A number of consumer groups, health care providers, insurers and a bipartisan group of governors have come out against the proposal as well.

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