US Senate narrowly votes to proceed on healthcare, with boost from McCain

Violet Powell
July 27, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is turning the screws on Congress in a bid to pressure them into passing a healthcare bill before they recess in August.

Republican Sens. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said last week that they would oppose Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement.

McCain's vote is sorely needed if Republicans hope to pass the latest draft of their disastrous "health care bill", a bill that continues to be opposed by a small number of Republican Senators.

In a radio interview with "1440 Keys", Rep. Blake Farenthold said the Senate has failed to show the courage to dismantle the health care law.

The approach was not flying with some Republicans.

"I thought you were going to tell me", Paul replied.

Other female senators who have expressed reservations are Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, some distance from the Northeast.

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Collins said of the Senate's vote, "This seems to be a moving target and I don't know what we're proceeding to vote on".

Without McCain, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., could only have afforded one GOP defection.

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Trump has repeatedly grilled fellow Republicans for not following through on their - and his - campaign pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare. I will work with my colleagues to develop healthcare policy that will provide greater personal choice, protections for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower overall costs for Kansans.

Trump implored fellow Republicans to make good on a promise to repeal the ACA, widely known as Obamacare, that has been a staple of their rhetoric for seven years.

Both of Michigan's senators, Democrats Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, voted no along with the rest of their caucus.

Yet five weeks later, Trump was criticizing that exact bill as "too mean" in a closed-door meeting with Republican senators and urged them to write a version with more money and which was more "generous" and "had heart".

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was greeted with a bipartisan standing ovation when he entered the Senate chamber Tuesday.

Senator Ron Johnson R-Wisconsin and Senator Jeff Flake, R-Arizona joined in Murkwoski's apprehension before the vote, telling CBS News they are still undecided as well.

Sen. John McCain, battling brain cancer, returned to the Senate floor to help his party move ahead on repealing President Barack Obama's trademark healthcare legislation.

McConnell has said he will ask the Senate to vote Tuesday on a procedural motion that would let it consider the House reform bill that passed in May, but was on hold while the Senate attempted to craft its own version of the bill. So there is a chance he actually feels personally dishonored by the three women in the Senate who had the courage to stand up to the GOP and save millions from losing health care, but his energy would be better spent investing in a basic American geography course at the local adult education program.

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