Republican Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), John McCain (AZ), Ron Johnson (WI), and Bill Cassidy (LA) held a joint press conference to announce that they would vote no on the skinny Obamacare repeal bill unless they got assurances from Paul Ryan that it would never become law.
Video of Lindsey Graham trashing the bill as a fraud:
Lindsey Graham says GOP bill is "a fraud…terrible policy and horrible politics" — but will vote for it if it doesn't become law. pic.twitter.com/k250IsJgMM
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 27, 2017
Graham called the bill a fraud because it doesn’t repeal or replace Obamacare. He also correctly pointed out that the legislation would collapse the insurance market, and that Republicans would own the collapse because they are the ones who passed the repeal bill.
John McCain repeated his call for a bipartisan process with Democratic votes, and all of the Senators were not satisfied with the bill as a piece of legislation.
Here is where we stand. Senate Republicans will only vote for the bill if they are certain that it will never become law. The Freedom Caucus in the House has already told Paul Ryan that the legislation that the Senate will be voting on is dead on arrival, so that means that Ryan can try to sneak the Senate bill through the House this weekend, or he can use it to set up a conference with the Senate where the final bill will be drafted.
The Republican effort to repeal Obamacare could die tonight, or it could drag on for months.
The one thing that is known is that Mitch McConnell’s skinny repeal bill still doesn’t have the votes needed to pass.