Senate won't vote on ObamaCare repeal bill

Earlier in the day, Republicans decided not to hold a Senate vote on their latest health-care bill this week after it failed to garner enough support for passage.

We were surprised at your editorial, "Democrats' dream", declaring that we should support the Graham-Cassidy bill that will be rushed to the floor this week. He was outspoken on his ABC show in denouncing the bill and accusing Cassidy of lying about it.

McConnell opened the Senate on Tuesday by praising the measure, which is sponsored by Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. Reconciliation allows Republicans to pass a bill through the Senate on a simple majority vote without being subject to a Democratic filibuster, as long as the bill reduces the federal deficit.

Starting in October, Republicans will need at least 60 votes in favour to move forward with the procedure to repeal Obamacare, far more than the current conservative majority in the upper house.

Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona opposed the bill, as well.

32 million people are projected to lose their health insurance under Graham-Cassidy. Medicaid enrollment would decrease because of cuts to federal funding for the program, non-group coverage would drop as a result of reduced subsidies, and enrollment in all types of plans would be reduced as a result of the eliminated individual mandate.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was careful not to appear too exultant as Democrats chalked up another victory when Senate Republicans on Tuesday canceled a vote on the measure proposed by Republican Sens.

"At some point there will be a repeal and replace but we'll see whether or not that point is now or whether it will be shortly thereafter", Trump said.

"There are going to be some things that in the near term may have to be done to stabilize markets, and that kind of thing can be done in a bipartisan way", Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune of South Dakota said.

WITH ONE more repeal-and-replace effort in flames, Republicans face a choice. "We're going to fulfill our promise". Susan Collins of ME announced her opposition, as did conservative Sen.

McConnell said the Senate majority has still not given up on "changing the American health care system".

"Obamacare is not working - we make that case very effectively".

At a White House meeting with both Democratic and GOP lawmakers, the President warned Republicans in bipartisan meeting he'd work with Democrats on health care if they fail to act.

Ms Collins also said the bill weakened protections for people with pre-existing conditions. A rather serious threat to the health care system was gaining momentum, only to come to an abrupt halt.

Graham said it was "not if but when" Republicans would pass his healthcare bill, but added that there was still work to be done before then. In theory they could put tax reform and Obamacare repeal in the same bill, but several senators said Tuesday that would likely be biting off more than they can chew. Alaska's Lisa Murkowski is a Republican who's undecided.

  • Leroy Wright