Republican Senate Will Not Vote On Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill

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Senate Republicans have decided not to vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal, the second attempt by Senate Majority leaders to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The decision was made Tuesday morning, prompted by a lack of support from Senate Republicans, who needed support from all but two of their Senators to go forward on a floor vote of the legislation.

On Monday, Maine Senator Susan Collins announced she would not support Graham-Cassidy, joining Republican Senators John McCain and Rand Paul.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying she appreciated the efforts to acknowledge Alaska in the healthcare reform process, but that the process was lousy with a hard deadline.

Murkowski went on to describe Alaska's health industry as unique, with the nation's smallest population and highest healthcare costs.

She ended the statement by acknowledging a need to proceed with the reform process. "We must continue our efforts to reform our healthcare system - by reducing costs, increasing access, and providing quality healthcare that Americans deserve."

Senator Lisa Murkowski - (R) Alaska:
"When you don't allow for a fair and open process, people become naturally suspicious as to what's in it, and rightfully so; and if I can't explain to people back home what's in it, they should worry about my inclination to go ahead and vote for something that I can't, can't detail them, how that impacts Alaska."

Senator Dan Sullivan issued his own statement, citing the state's unique position and expressing optimism that Congress will eventually repeal and replace the ACA.