Rank And File May Go Their Own Way On Health Care

James Marshall
July 19, 2017

As news of the Senate health bill's latest failure spread across Washington, President Trump acknowledged his party's inability to pass a simultaneous repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, telling reporters at a service members luncheon at the White House on Tuesday to instead "let Obamacare fail". "I will only vote to proceed to repeal legislation if I am confident there is a replacement plan that addresses my concerns", Capito said on Twitter.On Monday, Republican U.S. Sens.

Three Republican senators - Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia - have turned on McConnell's repeal of Obamacare. Their "no" votes effectively killed the repeal plan.

GOP leaders have been vocal about their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as soon as they possibly could. Republicans in the House, however, have voted more than 50 times to end the law.

If two senators besides Collins defect, the Senate will need to give up on repealing Obamacare entirely, and do something even more drastic: start working with Democrats in Congress to fix it. The BCRA would have cost 22 million people their coverage and raised premiums by 25 percent, so repeal-and-replace-later is considerably worse.

"If we're not successful now I assume we'll keep trying, but at some point if Democrats won't participate in the process then we're going to have to come up with a different plan", he explained. "I don't think the healthcare conversation is going anywhere, obviously". I can tell you that the Republicans are not going to own it. That meant that at least four of the 52 Republican senators were ready to block the measure - two more than Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to spare in the face of unanimous Democratic opposition.

Mr Trump's early morning tweet led a barrage of Republican criticism of Congress over the party's failure on its flagship legislative priority. By Tuesday afternoon, three Senate Republicans vowed to vote against the key procedural motion to take up Obamacare.

Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana say they are still pushing their own health care amendment, which they hope can win over some bipartisan support.

He urged Senate GOP leaders to abandon efforts to repeal Obamacare and take a more bipartisan approach to the issue of improving health care.

January 11: President Donald Trump says he plans to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a new plan immediately-maybe within the same day, or even the same hour-at a press conference.

"We're not talking about a vote happening tomorrow", Darius said.

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