Published: Mon, July 31, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Majority Of Senate Votes To Reject Obamacare Repeal

Majority Of Senate Votes To Reject Obamacare Repeal

Donald Trump and his Republicans had rejoiced when the cancer-stricken senator returned to Washington this week to vote on health care.

Republican lawmakers have had several fits and starts this year, including a dramatic vote in the Senate earlier this week - but the failure lays bare a hard-to-swallow political reality for Republicans after months of painful negotiations and soul-searching: There is little will left in the GOP to gut a health care law that the party has been railing against for seven years.

President Trump said Saturday that Republican senators look like "fools" for refusing to change Senate rules that would allow legislation such to pass with a simple majority, and suggested that he's looking at ending health-care subsidies for members of Congress.

Schumer also praised Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski as tough women. As Senate Republicans have been scrambling to get enough votes to advance Obamacare repeal, multiple pieces of health care legislation put up by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have failed to get 50 votes. "So many great future bills & budgets need 60 votes".

"The Affordable Care Act has always been about something bigger than politics - it's about the character of our country", the statement said. "Murkowski, Collins and McCain for the courage they showed to oppose it", American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.

No Democrats voted for the GOP bill.

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What McConnell gave the Senate was an eight-page bill called the Health Care Freedom Act.

Trump's tweet included a link to a Fox News story from earlier this week detailing the congressional testimony of a witness who said the company behind an anti-Trump dossier that played a large role in the Russia investigation was working on behalf of the Russian government. That could also encourage more Republican governors, a crucial constituency in defeating repeal, to accept the expanded Medicaid funding that some rejected for largely partisan reasons.

"It's tax reform, it's building a wall on the Southern border, it's repeal and replace of Obamacare, which didn't get done".

"Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don't go to a 51 vote majority NOW".

"Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead!"

"One by one we're liberating our Americans towns - can you believe that I'm saying that we're talking about liberating our towns it's like a scene in a movie", the president said.

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"People who are willing to take away health care from millions of Americans will be with us for a long time - so we have to be vigilant", she stressed.

"This is not bailing out insurance companies - this is about having stability in the private sector in order to provide healthcare", House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Fox.

"The president will not accept those who said, quote, 'it's time to move on, '" Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to Trump, said on Fox News Sunday.

But it's unclear that a 51-vote threshold would actually solve Republican Party's health care struggles.

The vote was 51 against, and 49 in favor. "The Trump-Pence-McConnell plan would cause insurance premiums to drastically rise and leave millions of Americans uninsured, with a particularly devastating impact on low-income senior citizens, women, children, LGBTQ people and people living with HIV".

Repeatedly, Trump has warned he would let Obamacare "implode" in hopes that voters would penalize Democrats in the 2018 midterms.

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