Trump Slams '3 Republicans and 48 Democrats' for Skinny Repeal Failure

By Andrew Taylor  2 days ago

But Ryan says "we should not give up" after promising for years to repeal and replace "Obamacare". If that panel can agree on a new bill, the full House and Senate, both controlled by Republicans, would again have to approve the legislation - a process that could last months.

Republicans leaders hope a pared-down "skinny" bill that repeals several key provisions of Obamacare can gain enough support to pass, after several attempts at broader legislation failed to win approval earlier this week. Bill was modeled on 2015 legislation that was passed by Congress before it was vetoed by then-President Obama.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and others continued to work on the skinny repeal effort all day Thursday. Those include prohibitions on Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and on abortion coverage under health plans purchased with premium tax credits.

It would repeal "Obamacare's" unpopular requirement that Americans have health insurance or risk fines, along with other selected provisions.

McCain was speaking at a press conference with Sen.

Seven Republican senators joined Democrats to vote against the measure, which had been embraced by conservatives but could have left millions of people without health coverage.

The aim is to find common ground with the House on a bill that becomes more fleshed-out. John McCain splitting from fellow Republicans to cast the deciding vote. "It's time we sat down together and came up with a piece of legislation that addresses this issue".

The first vote had been on whether to open fresh discussions on the repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

So he was thankful for the support he got. The CBO projects many of those 15 million would be healthy people who leave the insurance markets because there is no incentive to stay, thus driving up premium prices for everyone else. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), John McCain (Ariz.), and Bill Cassidy (La.) announced that they would each vote down the skinny bill unless the House promises that it won't pass the measure as is.

What have they already voted on?

"If moving forward requires a conference committee, that is something the House is willing to do", House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement Thursday evening.

The Senate Wednesday rejected a proposal to repeal Obamacare without an immediate replacement in a 45-55 vote.

Now the GOP controls the House, the Senate and the White House.

His morning tweet is puzzling, since the Republican majority failed to even reach 51 votes to overhaul the nation's health care laws.

The pitch from Senate leadership will be to pass a bare-bones repeal bill now, and then figure the rest out in conference. The repeal would not go into effect for two years - during which Republicans said they would draft a replacement.