Arizona governor backs new ObamaCare repeal bill

Arizona governor backs new ObamaCare repeal bill
© Greg Nash

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 GrahamConservation remains a core conservative principle Graham: McCain 'acted appropriately' by handing Steele dossier to FBI The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems eye next stage in Mueller fight MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidySenators ask CBO to review options for preventing surprise medical bills Five things to watch for in Trump's 2020 budget Overnight Health Care - Presented by Kidney Care Partners - FDA chief Scott Gottlieb resigns | House Dems to take up drug pricing bills next week | Planned Parenthood, doctors group sue over Trump abortion rule 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 McCainGraham: McCain 'acted appropriately' by handing Steele dossier to FBI What should Democrats do next, after Mueller's report? Tom Daschle: McCain was a model to be emulated, not criticized 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 PaulHillicon Valley: Mueller delivers report, ending investigation | FEMA exposed info of 2.3M disaster survivors | Facebook asks judge to toss DC privacy lawsuit | Trump picks his first CTO | FCC settles lawsuit over net neutrality records Transparency advocate says government agencies face 'use it or lose it' spending Republicans need solutions on environment too MORE (R-Ky.) opposes the Graham-Cassidy bill, and Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRed dresses displayed around American Indian museum to memorialize missing, murdered native women Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration MORE (Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate rejection of Green New Deal won't slow Americans' desire for climate action Senate GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all MORE (Maine) have also not offered their support. Both voted against an earlier Senate ObamaCare repeal bill.