Sen. McCain shoots down healthcare "skinny repeal" with late vote

"(Trump's) hurting his own people", Laszewski said.

"We now expect Senate Republicans will seek to pass Trumpcare in the dead of night and House Republicans will. jam it through the House as early as tomorrow - with no meaningful consideration, debate or conference", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.

McConnell's "skinny repeal" bill would end an unpopular requirement that individuals get coverage or risk fines, as well as a similar obligation imposed on larger employers. Cory Booker "Tonight is a victory for the millions of Americans who will not lose health coverage because Senate Republicans failed to pass their latest disgraceful attempt at a health repeal bill".

Heightening the sense of drama, lawmakers had been preparing for a potential vote-a-rama - an exhausting Senate process which allows any senator to introduce any amendment they want, although the no vote removes that prospect from the table.

McCain had previously voted "yes" on a decision to engage in a debate over how the repeal should be handled.

McCain, who just last week was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, dropped a hint on Tuesday that if his legislative demands were not met he was prepared to take on Trump in the dispute over how to replace parts of Obamacare with a Republican healthcare program.

"He's not a war hero", Trump said in 2015 of McCain.

Then there is the fact that Trump, in his tweet, said he consulted with the military in making the announcement. "He was a war hero because he was captured".

The mandate is considered critical to helping hold down the cost of premiums, because it means that healthy people as well as the sick, who incur high medical costs, buy insurance. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. The so-called "skinny repeal" amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals.

In a mostly partisan vote the Senate voted no on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Calling it "a fraud" that, if passed, would be tantamount to "the dumbest thing in history", Graham announced he would only vote for the bill if the House promised not to pass it, treating it instead as a vehicle to form a conference committee so both chambers and parties could negotiate a better product.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson said he was working with Republican Collins on a bipartisan effort on healthcare.

The political reality of the moment seemed to be lost on many observers: namely, that for all the last-minute lobbying of McCain in public view, there was very little similar lobbying of Lisa Murkowski, a Senator whose state has been particularly drubbed by the health care regime, but remained a solid no.

On Thursday a number of Senate Republicans said the leadership strategy now behind moving ahead with the skinny proposal was mainly to move onto another stage of discussing a final bill with their House counterparts. Many told him - or more precisely warned him - not to do that, including Breitbart News, the Wall Street Journal, almost every Republican senator, and even Ken Starr.

Republicans will again try to repeal ObamaCare, and they will succeed only if Americans don't take the threat of tens of millions losing coverage just as seriously as they did this time. Tom Carper "In the words of Senator Schumer this evening, it's time to turn the page". "I would say to my dear friend, the majority leader, we are not celebrating. We made a promise to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare, and I have no intention of breaking that promise".

Its failure comes as a devastating blow to McConnell, who struggled for months to get members of his party to come to a consensus on replacement language.

"This is clearly a disappointment", he added. "From skyrocketing costs to plummeting choices and collapsing markets, our constituents have suffered through an terrible lot with Obamacare".

"Every time I talk to a different senator I get a different understanding and so that leads me to believe that they are still figuring out how to get there", Byrne said.

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