Unlike last night's vote, which needed to have 60 supporters in order to merit further consideration, the repeal-only measure only needed 50 votes to succeed.
Senate Republicans face a do-or-die vote Tuesday to launch a new Obamacare repeal effort, as confusion reigns over what path President Donald Trump's party will take - and whether they even have the votes to move forward. On Wednesday, a vote is scheduled for the Senate's repeal-only bill, which should shed some light on who wouldn't be swayed by that option. But what it does offer is some insight into who it is we should be looking at when it comes to people who aren't going to just vote yes because they want to be in line with the party: Mike Lee, Susan Collins, Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, Dean Heller, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, and Tom Cotton.
The bill received 52 votes in late 2015, and the names of these people can be found listed among the YEAs at the Senate website. He said he did not believe his constituents would like the idea of "canceling insurance" for millions of Americans and then "trusting Congress to find a replacement in two years".
The two would need to be reconciled and a final bill passed by both chambers before it reaches the president's desk.
Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is presenting a series of confusing amendments that seem created to give the GOP political cover without fixing America's health insurance system. They may also consider a version of their earlier bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, which would also repeal the individual mandate. Repeal would be delayed for two years under the bill.
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The strict repeal of the ACA, better known as Obamacare, would cause 32 million people to lose their health insurance and double premiums, according to an analysis from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. This vote to consider a bill that kicks more than 20 million people off of their health care is utterly shameful but we can not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves. The Senate began its session Wednesday morning with about 17 hours left in the debate. Vice President Pence had to come to the Senate chamber to break the tie and allow debate to start.
Michelle Batchelor, deputy director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, told the AFRO the Senate's rejection of the "Better Care Reconciliation" bill is fine but any Republican legislation isn't good.
This plan is simply a feigned retreat; the Republican leadership's end game most certainly includes cutting financial assistance for people buying insurance in the individual market, ending the ACA's Medicaid expansion, and capping federal support for the remaining Medicaid program.
It's true these bills would have failed with or without Gardner's support, but neither met our test for the type of meaningful, measured reform of Obamacare we hoped to see from Republicans this year.
Nevertheless, we've now discovered that there aren't 50 votes to "repeal and delay" or for "repeal and replace". Under the complex rules governing how the legislation is being considered, the debate will culminate at some point Thursday afternoon or evening in a weird exercise called a "vote-a-rama" during which unlimited amendments can be offered by all sides in rapid succession.
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