Senate Republicans Took Their Best Shot at Repealing Obamacare and Failed

Posted July 30, 2017

"This effort will continue", he said.

Hill told The Associated Press that Comstock, who voted against a GOP House health care repeal bill in May, "has failed the moral test of her time in Congress". They are Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME and, providing the decisive vote, Sen.

McConnell had introduced a pared-down health care bill late Thursday that he hoped would keep alive Republican ambitions to repeal "Obamacare".

"We can work with you", Schumer said.

Throughout the night, broadcast live on C-SPAN2, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Pence could be seen speaking to McCain, often heatedly.

At the same time, Meadows said, he's thinks the House and Senate might feel enough pressure to forge a final agreement. Also, those healthy people are less likely to sign up, insurers said, leaving them with only the more costly policyholders.

Graham said the move would end Democrats' drive for a national single-payer healthcare system by putting states in charge. There was an objection. Her counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer of NY, said after the votes that Democrats who resisted the GOP legislation "are not celebrating".

"I would suggest we turn the page", Schumer said. "We are not celebrating". Far-right Freedom Caucus Republicans fought with less conservative Republicans (let's dispense with the notion that they're moderates, please) over exactly how many millions of people should have their health care stripped from them.

He added, "We are relieved, not for ourselves, but for the American people".

McCain, who just last week was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, dropped a hint on Tuesday that if his legislative demands were not met he was prepared to take on Trump in the dispute over how to replace parts of Obamacare with a Republican healthcare program.

But McConnell, Trump, Paul Ryan and the rest of the Republicans should be glad Democrats and three of their own killed that plan early Friday morning.

The defeat of the bill means that the massive expansion of health care coverage engineered by President Obama and a Democratic Congress in 2010 survives as the law of the land-albeit under continuing threat of sabotage by the Trump administration. It would also repeal a tax on medical devices.

The Senate rejected, as part of the McConnell proposal, a Cruz plan to let insurers sell low-priced insurance plans with few regulations or coverage requirements, so long as they also sell more robust plans. "The skinny bill as a replacement for Obamacare is a fraud", Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. Whatever his reasons, he stands as a champion for millions of Americans who would have been harmed by the Senate bill and millions more who would suffer at the hands of any House-Senate compromise.

Senator John Thune, the No. 3 Senate Republican, said the party was trying to "figure out what the traffic will bear, in terms of getting 50 of our members to vote for things that will repeal as much of Obamacare as possible".

Senators expressed real concerns with the law throughout the day - Lindsey Graham called it a "fraud".

"We need an outcome, and if a so-called skinny repeal is the first step, that's a good first step", said Sen.

Mr Ryan seemingly opened a path for Mr McConnell earlier on Thursday evening by signalling a willingness to negotiate a more comprehensive bill with the Senate.

Mr Ryan sent senators a statement saying that if "moving forward" requires talks with the Senate, the House would be "willing" to do so.

McConnell put the health bill on hold and announced that the Senate would move onto other legislation next week.

The AARP called it a "wolf in sheep's clothing".

Scrapping the mandate could create major policy headaches, however, including millions more uninsured, a spike in premiums, and a potential exodus of insurers from the market. The free market doesn't care if people get sick, go bankrupt and die if there's no profit in it. "In the absence of a mandate, those social costs would probably increase relative to the case under current law", the CBO said in a report last December. "We're going to get it".