GOP vows to continue healthcare debate, moves on to tax reform

GOP effort to repeal Obamacare teeters on edge of collapse

"You can't fix anything [without that]".

"It's not if, it's only a matter of when", said Lindsey Graham of SC, another co-sponsor of the latest bill. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), both cosponsors of the latest bill, and single payer health care backers Sens.

"Medicare for all is a goal that we should all be fighting for", Gillibrand said. "Now was the reform easy?"

We are going to press on.

On Sunday, Graham-Cassidy backers circulated a list of revisions that would redirect additional money to ME and to Alaska - the home of Republican Sen.

Because of Obamacare, health care costs for the average American family have skyrocketed, Cassidy said. That leaves the GOP incapable of securing even a simple majority on the proposal.

But following a Senate Finance Committee meeting on Monday, Republican Sen.

Trump tweeted a 6-plus minute long video of various news clips of McCain speaking out against the Affordable Care Act, the universal health care bill passed by former President Barack Obama in 2010.

McCain, the influential Senator from Arizona, regards Graham as his best friend in the Senate.

Republicans were facing a September 30 deadline to be able to pass a repeal bill by a simple majority.

The sponsors continued to defend the merits of the bill after it was decided not to hold a vote, arguing it would offered greater flexibility for states.

Again, Republicans in the Senate are attempting to eliminate the Affordable Care Act.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME announced Monday that she couldn't support it, despite Senate GOP leaders lobbying her throughout the weekend and sweetening the bill to benefit her home state.

Compounding the problem for the bill, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released a preliminary analysis of the new legislation on Monday, and projected that it would leave "millions fewer people" with comprehensive health insurance. They were hoping they could convince 50 GOP senators to support the bill, giving Vice President Mike Pence the opportunity to break the tie.

"It was changed over the weekend.It's not a good way to legislate in an area that affects one-sixth of the economy and millions of people in our country", said Collins. As he commented during a CNN debate on Monday night, "It's okay to vote". "Do not be celebrating losing an opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare, because it's collapsing".