A new health care measure is making its way through Congress. The bill, co-sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R, South Carolina) and Bill Cassidy (R, Louisiana), would make substantial alterations to the Affordable Care Act that would leave many Americans with worse or nonexistent coverage. Congress will need to vote on the bill by the end of next week in order to take advantage of a budgeting procedure that prevents a Democratic filibuster and allows the measure to pass with 50 votes.
Whether or not the bill has 50 votes is unclear at this point. It will certainly muster no Democratic support, and has already lost Senator Rand Paul (R, Kentucky), who claimed that the bill did not go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act. Other Republican Senators who opposed repeal attempts over the summer may not flip, as the new bill is not substantially distinct from the old. The deciding vote may, once again, be Arizona Senator John McCain, who dramatically torpedoed the last repeal attempt in July.