Arizona governor backs new ObamaCare repeal bill

Arizona governor backs new ObamaCare repeal bill
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has endorsed a new Senate Republican bill that would repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Ducey, a Republican, called the legislation offered by GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRetired English teacher corrects letter from Trump and sends it back to White House Graham: Trump 'probably' shouldn't call use of FBI informant 'spygate' Graham on canceled summit: Trump thought North Korea was ‘playing him’ MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidySenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA GOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary Graham working on new ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (La.) "the best path forward" to gut the health-care law.

He also said the Senate had "12 days" to get the job done, a reference to the fact that Republicans will lose the right to use special budgetary rules to avoid a Democratic filibuster at the end of the month. 

Ducey's remarks are important because Arizona Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTo woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action Senate panel again looks to force Trump’s hand on cyber warfare strategy Senate panel advances 6B defense policy bill MORE (R) is a key vote in the Senate. 

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McCain cast the deciding vote against a previous ObamaCare repeal bill, but he has suggested he might support legislation backed by his state's governor.

On Monday, he told NBC that he is "comfortable with the bill as long as the governor of Arizona has signed off on it, which he has some concerns."

McCain also said, however, that he preferred a bipartisan process.

"I understand Sen. Graham and Sen. Cassidy and their desire to get this done," McCain said, "but I guarantee you, haven't we learned that bipartisanship — particularly when we're talking about one-fifth of our gross national product, health care — that it should be done on a bipartisan basis."

Later Monday, McCain explained that he was looking for "regular order."

“I am not supportive of the bill yet. We’ll talk more about it. I’ll talk with my governor and all that. I want regular order.”

Asked about Ducey's endorsement, McCain replied, “This decision that I’m making, obviously, as I’ve said, has a lot to do with the process. Am I going to have an amendment? Is there going to be a substitute? Or am I just going to vote it up or down just like they tried last time?”

Republicans are running out of time to get something done on ObamaCare repeal. 

They face a Sept. 30 deadline to use "budget reconciliation" rules that allow them to pass the measure without winning 60 votes for procedural motions. Without those rules, no ObamaCare repeal bill would get through the Senate.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE (R-Ky.) opposes the Graham-Cassidy bill, and Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — VA reform bill heads to Trump's desk Senators introduce bill to measure progress in opioid fight MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Hillicon Valley: Sweeping new data rules take effect | Facebook, Google already hit with complaints | Schumer slams reported ZTE deal | Senators look to save cyber post | Dem wants answers about Trump's phone security Senators express concern over Trump's decision to scrap top cyber post MORE (Maine) have also not offered their support. Both voted against an earlier Senate ObamaCare repeal bill.