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Giesfeldt: McCain no hero if he votes to repeal ACA

Giesfeldt: McCain no hero if he votes to repeal ACA

Witness: Senate Republicans say they'll only support their own health care bill if the House promises not to pass it into law. The easiest way for McConnell to punt it to the next step in the process is to pass something with a simple majority of 51 votes, but the only legislation allowed to pass the Senate with 51 votes is legislation related to the budget - it's called reconciliation. The evolving bill would repeal coverage requirements, while leaving the rest of President Barack Obama's landmark law in place.

Just a week ago, McConnell seemed to have failed in putting together a health bill that could pass the Senate.

"I don't think that is going to work in the end". We don't like that one either. That would give Republican Senators a badly needed victory, at least for now.

A slew of Republican senators openly acknowledged on Thursday that the "skinny repeal" bill wasn't flawless, while some went as far as to blast it as bad policy.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate health committee, was among the Republican senators who voted against the measure Wednesday.

"We are not celebrating; we are relieved", said top Democrat Chuck Schumer.

Bill was modeled on 2015 legislation that was passed by Congress before it was vetoed by then-President Obama.

"The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast". Seven Republicans rejected a measure repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act without replacement on Wednesday; the 45-55 defeat signaled that a "clean repeal" bill can not get through Congress. Trump wrote on Twitter.

It should all come to a head Thursday on the Senate floor with a rare and frenzied procedural oddity called a "vote-a-rama" where all sides can offer unlimted amendments in rapid succession. He said he would only vote for the bill if he receives assurances from the House that a better bill will be hashed out in conference.

According to multiple Democratic senators, their offices are preparing hundreds of amendments each, ready to test the stamina of Republicans. Premiums would increase by 20% every year until 2026.

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Republicans control the Senate by a 52-48 margin.

Senate Republicans are lowering their expectations on repealing and replacing "Obamacare".

Responding to the loss in the Senate, Mr Trump tweeted: "3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down".

There's a potential problem with skinny repeal: It might lead to higher insurance premiums which would mean more people would be unable to afford insurance.

Moderates want to make sure that people back home wouldn't be hurt by a repeal bill while conservatives want more regulations repealed.

But Mr McCain then approached a group of Democrats who appeared happy to see him. Obamacare fell well short of providing that.

However, the Republican proposals are changing rapidly and the precise provisions of their final plan are still unclear.

For example, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., will offer a motion Wednesday to send health care legislation back to the Finance Committee for consideration. "How about just doing a little bit of governing around here?" she said.

Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY extended an olive branch in advance of the contentious decision by GOP leaders Tuesday to rush some version of a Republican-only health care bill through the Senate this week. If that bill fails, it's not clear what Republicans will do next.

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