Trumps Obamacare repeal efforts foiled in US Senate

Sunday, 30 Jul, 2017

The inability to pass any legislation with a majority vote - whether a full repeal and replace, a repeal and delay or even a "skinny" repeal - is a major setback to both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican President Donald Trump. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins - killed the effort by voting against it.

Vice President Mike Pence was awaiting to vote in case of a tie, as had happened in the past.

Trump made a similar appeal for a 51-vote threshold earlier this month after an Obamacare repeal bill failed in the Senate, tweeting that "the Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes".

If Republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the Senate, they must immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60... He voted with his GOP colleagues throughout the week on several more measures that did not pass, including far more disastrous legislation that would have left 22 million people uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office. "It is now time to return to regular order with input from all of our members - Republicans and Democrats - and bring a bill to the floor of the Senate for amendment and debate".

Republican Senators Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy and Dean Heller met with Trump on Friday on a plan that would task states - rather than the federal government - with crafting health care plans. The Senate rejected a clean repeal earlier this week that would have upended Obamacare without a replacement. President Donald Trump explicitly called out Murkowski on Twitter, and his Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reportedly told her that her vote put Alaska in jeopardy.

The fight for affordable and accessible health care for all Americans continues, and we hope McCain will continue to live up to his words.

Lawmakers in the Senate had just a few hours to digest the language of the skinny repeal bill before a vote.

While the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead for now, many say it shouldn't be including the Chairman of Lee County's Democratic Party.

"Sen. Collins and I have discussed this issue many times and we are now working together".

All three healthcare repeals have been shot down, but this time might be the last time in awhile.

"Congress should work to make health insurance more affordable by controlling costs and stabilizing the market, and we are pleased to see a growing number of senators stand up for this approach", Walker said in a statement.

"I think John is rightfully upset with the process and whatever he does, he's earned the right to do it", Sen.