dglobalnews.com US Senate votes against Trump's proposal to repeal Obamacare
Published: Mon, July 31, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

US Senate votes against Trump's proposal to repeal Obamacare

US Senate votes against Trump's proposal to repeal Obamacare

Senate Democrats were joined in opposition by three Republicans - Maine's Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Arizona's John McCain.

"We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation's governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people". When he says it split us, I think he means it split us - not as a party, not Republicans - it split us as a country. Many great Republican bills will never pass, like Kate's Law and complete Healthcare. Then on Wednesday, a straightforward repeal measure failed 55-45 with seven Republicans joining Democrats in voting "no", even though almost identical legislation had passed Congress two years earlier.

And it also dealt what looks like a death blow to the Republican Party's years of promises to get rid of Barack Obama's health law, pledges that helped the GOP win control of the House, the Senate and the White House.

Georgia Rep. Buddy Carter said in an interview Wednesday with MSNBC: "Somebody needs to go over there to that Senate and snatch a knot in their ass". But there is fear among health policy experts that the elimination of the ACA mandates, requiring most businesses to provide insurance for their employees and requiring individuals not covered through work or government programs to purchase policies, would lead to the collapse of the existing insurance markets - potentially leading to a dismal CBO estimate of coverage effects.

Freshman Florida Republican Rep. Francis Rooney told CNN that the collapse of the Obamacare repeal effort was "a bit of a civics lesson" and observing the fallout after his first 7 months of a topsy-turvy process, remarked, "it's just a very, very odd time here". Democrats vowed opposition as the Senate prepared for a weird Capitol Hill ritual, a "vote-a-rama" on amendments that promised to last into the wee hours of Friday morning.

"If they're going to quit, well then by golly, maybe they ought to start at the top with Mitch McConnell leaving his position and letting somebody new, somebody bold, somebody conservative take the reins", Brooks said on CNN.

Schumer called that approach "sabotage", and said he hopes Republicans in the House and Senate "will turn a deaf ear on that".

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In the early morning hours, McConnell took to the Senate floor after the vote to indicate the Senate would move on.

Trump has repeatedly berated congressional Republicans for being unable to overcome internal divisions to repeal Obamacare, but has offered no legislation himself, nor any clear guidance on what he would like to do about replacing the law. Bob Casey said in a statement early Friday morning.

Hoyer's criticism of the GOP bill introduced late Thursday was succinct: "It was not a bill that would have been positive for the American people".

Though he did not single anyone out by name as he has in the past, President Trump tweeted that "3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down".

"From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people". And now if Republicans want to get anything done on health care, they will have little choice but to return to regular order, and turn to Democrats.

Those three votes can block Republicans' hopes of passing any plan with a majority vote without Democratic support. 200 Bills sit in Senate.

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