Republican leaders: Senate won't vote on Obamacare repeal bill

Joy Montgomery
September 28, 2017

Senate Republicans said Tuesday they no longer plan to vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill that would have dismantled ObamaCare, after several GOP senators said they would not support the measure.

This is a mere formality, but a nice one: Republican leaders have announced that there will be no voted on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, which would likely have resulted in millions of Americans losing their health insurance.

"I'm hopeful now that the Senate effort has not come to fruition, we can try to make incremental fixes and leave the major structural changes to another day, " said Republican Rep. John Faso of Kinderhook.

"We don't have the votes", Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters.

Republicans had been racing an end-of-month deadline to approve a repeal bill under the 2017 budget, which allowed them to avoid a Democratic filibuster.

On Monday, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced her opposition, joining McCain and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).

She joined Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, Sen.

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Senators are pressing for a vote prior to a September 30 deadline, in which a procedural rule regarding budget resolutions with reconciliation instructions that allows the Senate to pass budget-related legislation with a simple majority vote will expire.

Members of Congress searched for a way forward on health care legislation Tuesday, but as they did, the wreckage of the latest Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act continued to threaten to block the way for bipartisan progress. But the same surveys have also shown that Republican voters, especially the conservatives who disproportionately vote in primaries, want their representatives to push ahead on repeal. "We're going to have time to explain our concept", Sen.

A key Republican moderate, Sen. The republican majority in the u.s. Senate, waived Tuesday to vote this week on a project for the partial abrogation of the act on the health coverage of Barack Obama, due to lack of consensus within the party and in spite of the pressure imposed by the us president.

The abandoned bill would transform much of "Obamacare's" spending into grants that states could spend on health programs with few constraints.

"Don't know", he said simply. "Once this bill goes down, we're ready to work with you to find a compromise that stabilizes markets, that lowers premiums". "And we're going to get there". In fact, in an extensive floor speech the senator cited the failure to follow "regular order" as his reason against voting for the "skinny repeal" proposal that came before the Graham-Cassidy plan.

Trump didn't name any of the four GOP senators who've said they're against the doomed measure.

He called the vote postponement a "disappointment": "To those who will celebrate the fact that we won't have that vote just yet, think of those families of three making 401 percent of federal poverty level, those states, and those patients in those non- expansion states".

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