The U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to pass a proposal that would partially repeal Obamacare. Collins, Heller and Murkowski voted against the measure, along with Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sens.
"We passed it without one Democrat vote".
Vice President Mike Pence came to the Capitol, assumedly to break a 50-50 tie. "We have 350,000 Tennesseans who buy insurance in the individual market - songwriters, small businessmen and women, farmers - who are anxious today that they may have zero options for insurance in just six months". Senate Republicans say this would allow them to move to a conference committee and further negotiate a deal with House Republicans. "Our friends on the other side decided early on, they didn't to engage with us and in a serious way, in a serious way, to help those suffering under Obamacare".
"This was a big step", he proclaimed.
Then he proceeded to briefly horrify ACA proponents by voting yes on a motion to proceed vote, and yes again on the Republican Better Care Reconciliation Act. Remember the dozens of Obamacare repeal votes that were held, even though President Obama would have never signed into law a rollback of his signature achievement?
The Republican party's controversial plans to repeal Obamacare appeared to clear a major hurdle in the Senate yesterday, 25th July, only to fail upon the tabling of its second vote.
McCain made those comments during a press conference on Thursday afternoon flanked by three of his Republican allies, including Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), to provide financial assistance for low-income people buying private insurance.
In fact, according to NBC News, the promise that full repeal would be taken up first, followed (if necessary) by replacement that was expected to fail, induced Paul, who opposes the weak replacement bill, to vote to open debate.
A number of different approaches for the bill have been floated over the past few weeks, including a straight repeal of Obamacare with no replacement plan, previous versions which alter Obamacare and overhaul Medicaid and a new "skinny repeal" which would end the Obamacare individual coverage mandate and employer mandates alongside the medical device tax.
In a conference call with reporters after the vote, Johnson said he voted in favor of proceeding with debate in order to keep the process going. Democrats on Wednesday night released a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the effects of repealing several provisions that could be part of a "skinny" repeal measure.