'Skinny repeal' of Obamacare fails - these three Republican senators killed it

Violet Powell
July 31, 2017

"This is clearly a disappointing moment", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, said. "I regret that our efforts were not enough, this time". McCain said, raising his voice as he urged senators to reach for the comity of earlier times.

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Conservative Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., running for a Senate seat, faulted McConnell for not crafting a plan that could pass. It's an unusual and perhaps unprecedented way to draft a bill that will affect millions of Americans and a large chunk of the economy, to say the least. In an impassioned speech on the day he returned, he had called for bipartisanship on major issues of national concern, and a return to the "regular order" of legislating by committee.

A growing majority of Americans hold an unfavourable view of the repeal effort, and support among the Republican base has also diminished. And it also dealt what looks like a death blow to the Republican Party's years of promises to get rid of Barack Obama's health law, pledges that helped the GOP win control of the House, the Senate and the White House.

"The president ought to stop playing politics with people's lives and health care, start leading and finally begin acting presidential", Schumer said in a statement. Centene CEO Michael Neidorff said Tuesday the company's marketplace business "continues to be particularly strong".

Senate Republicans who have promised to demolish Obamacare are swerving toward a bare-bones approach that might eliminate just a few pieces of the landmark health-care law.

Every bill Republicans put forth was measured in the millions of Americans who would lose their coverage.

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The Senate rejected, as part of the McConnell proposal, a Cruz plan to let insurers sell low-priced insurance plans with few regulations or coverage requirements, so long as they also sell more robust plans.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in a statement earlier on Thursday, expressed his willingness to negotiate with the Senate on drafting a bill that could be signed by Trump, reports Efe news. Bob Casey "The Senate Republican scheme was a bad bill for the middle class and that's why it was rejected on a bipartisan basis". Without establishing mechanisms to regulate insurance markets, the measure would have upended the health care system, prompting the hospital and insurance industries to protest that the law would be unworkable.

After the Senate vote tally was announced in the Senate, McCain was embraced by senators from both sides of the aisle. But shortly afterward, his words received varied responses from three GOP senators who'd insisted on a clear commitment from Ryan. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

Opponents mobilized quickly against McConnell's trimmed-down bill.

The individual mandate, he added, may not be as much of a factor in getting people to enroll in coverage as some think because the Trump administration has indicated it might not enforce it anyway - and the penalty amount is far less than most people would have to pay for health insurance.

And a bipartisan group of governors including John Kasich of OH and Brian Sandoval of Nevada also announced against it. By week's end Republicans hope to reach agreement among themselves, and eventually with the House, on some kind of repeal and replacement for the Obama law they have reviled for so long.

A CNN poll released last week found that 83 percent of Republicans favor some form of repeal, while only 11 percent of Republicans want the party to abandon the repeal effort.

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