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The Latest: Duce says he still supports health care bill

PHOENIX (AP) – The Latest on the Republican health care bill (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says he still has hopes for congressional passage of the latest Republican effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health law, despite Sen. John McCain’s announcement that he won’t vote for the bill.

A Ducey tweet reacting to McCain’s announcement Friday doesn’t mention McCain but says the governor still supports the bill and encourages others to do the same.

Ducey also asserts that “51 votes are still possible,” a reference to the number of “yes” votes needed for Senate approval.

Ducey had come out in favor of the bill Monday.

He says the legislation’s block grant approach “is far superior to anything Washington,. D.C. has proposed on health care policy in recent memory, because it shifts dollars and decisions back to the states.”


11 a.m.

Sen. John McCain says he won’t vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week.

The Arizona Republican says he can’t back the partisan GOP measure because “we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats.”

He also says he can’t back it without knowing the proposal’s impact on insurance coverage and premiums. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said its estimates on that won’t be ready next week.


8:20 a.m.

Legislative budget analysts say the Republican health care bill would mean a first-year loss of $ 1.7 billion of funding for Arizona for the Medicaid eligibility expansion and the health exchange created under President Barack Obama’s health law.

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee’s analysis of the legislation pending in the U.S. Senate say current law would provide Arizona with $ 4.9 billion in 2020 for Medicaid and the health exchange but only $ 3.2 billion under the bill.

It would end Obama’s Medicaid expansion and subsidies for people buying private insurance and combine the money into new block grants for states.

The JLBC analysis says its projections are preliminary and subject to change. It doesn’t include potential impacts on changes in several areas, including funding for Medicaid enrollees not part of the expansion.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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