Opponents of the Republican drive to repeal “Obamacare” have dealt President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers a huge blow, rejecting a measure to roll back parts of the Affordable Care Act.
The bill failed in a 49-51 vote thanks to the GOP votes of McCain, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a shocking defeat for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
And he is reported to have been near to tears, as he echoed the sentiments of Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, that the Senate now must “move on”.
Trump’s failure sent the dollar down against a basket of other currencies on Friday. He had been expected to make rapid changes to healthcare, taxes and infrastructure spending. “Don’t let the American people down!”
“I and many of my colleagues did as we promised and voted to repeal this failed law”, the majority leader said on the Senate floor. “Watch!” He tweeted shortly after the failed vote.
ObamaCare is one of such as he has gone all out to fight for its repeal but only met a brick wall when the repeal was repealed.
The president has demanded at various times that Obamacare should be allowed to collapse on its own, that it should be repealed without replacement, and that it should be repealed and replaced.
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Kelly, he continued, is “a remarkable Marine who has served his country his entire life”. Scaramucci said: “Reince and I have been personal friends for six years”.
Repeal-and-replace has been a guiding star for Republicans ever since President Barack Obama enacted the law in 2010. Additionally, it would have raised the contribution limit for tax-free health savings accounts, extended some more latitude through waivers in how states could run their marketplaces and blocked Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood clinics for one year. Some insurers, including Anthem Inc, Humana and Aetna have pulled out of Obamacare markets, citing the uncertainty over the payments.
McConnell is a conservative, consummate Washington dealmaker who has worked across the aisle for years to painstakingly prevent government shutdowns, raise politically-tricky debt ceilings, and take other steps to keep Washington functioning, even when some in his conference wanted to tear the government down.
While there was an overwhelming sense of disappointment, some House Republicans appeared to relish the spectacular defeat in the Senate – just a little. Joined by McCain, Johnson and Bill Cassidy, Graham said he has grown increasingly concerned that contrary to GOP leaders’ assurances, the bill that the Senate passes would be immediately taken up by the House – rather than going to a House-Senate conference for further negotiations – and end up on Trump’s desk.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 28, 2017, after the Republican-controlled Senate was unable to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace “Obamacare”. Seven Republicans opposed the measure.
The measure defeated Friday would have repealed an Obama mandate that most people get health insurance and would have suspended a requirement that larger companies offer coverage to their employees. But the law, which helped 20 million people obtain health insurance, has steadily grown more popular.
“What there is a consensus on, I don’t think anyone knows”, Republican Senator John Kennedy said.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME, another of the three Republicans to vote against the GOP plan (Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski was the other), said she is pleased that Sen.
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Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski voted against the “skinny repeal” bill. Trump had criticized Murkowski, tweeting that she had let down the Republican Party and the country. They laughed as McCain said that the reporters in the balcony could probably read his lips. About a dozen Democrats gathered around him.
When McCain walked to the front of the Senate chamber to cast his deciding “no” vote, giving a thumbs down, Democrats cheered, knowing the bill would fail.
Schumer told reporters that he and McCain had been talking four or five times a day this week about the pared-down bill and that McCain had made up his mind on Thursday afternoon. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he looked forward to taking a bipartisan approach to healthcare reform.
Trump, who had long cajoled and strong-armed Republicans in a bid to get them into line, swiftly spoke out about the failure, apparently unmoved by Democratic pleas for the parties to work together and improve the existing law.
McConnell said it was time for Democrats “to tell us what they have in mind”.
The Senate Minority Leader, Democratic Sen.
“This was a heavy lift”. But like a lot of the weird things Republicans have said and done on healthcare in the past few months, it makes sense if you understand their underlying political goals.
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