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In Late Night Vote, Senate Shoots Down Better Care Reconciliation Act

In Late Night Vote, Senate Shoots Down Better Care Reconciliation Act

He also correctly pointed out that the legislation would collapse the insurance market, and that Republicans would own the collapse because they are the ones who passed the repeal bill.

Trump has also complained that three Republican senators voted with Democrats to block the way.

The Senate Republican healthcare process descended into disarray Thursday evening, as four GOP senators threatened to withhold support for a more moderate, "skinnier" attempt at repealing certain parts of the Affordable Care Act. The measure would have instituted a two-year delay before taking full effect.

The Republicans planned a bit of political gamesmanship that appeared meant to embarrass liberal Democrats who have long advocated a so-called single-payer government-run healthcare system.

One version of the skinny bill would repeal mandates on individuals to buy health insurance and on large businesses to offer health insurance to employees.

Vice President Mike Pence came to the Capitol, assumedly to break a 50-50 tie.

The GOP's "skinny repeal", released by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell late Thursday night, failed in an early morning vote by 49 to 51.

"We hope to take all the dollars that would go to a state", Cassidy said.

"I think there is plenty of agreement", he said.

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Republicans have found it hard to fulfill their campaign promises to repeal Obamacare, which enabled 20 million more Americans to get health insurance.

"I've stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict party-line basis without a single Republican vote", he said. "We just don't have the courage and really the intestinal fortitude to suck it up and.do this right".

Both chambers would then have to hold new votes on whatever bill emerges from the committee.

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC say they are still opposed to a minimal bill that would only repeal several provisions of former President Barack Obama's health law.

But now, with President Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office and itching to sign it, Republican senators demonstrated they didn't have the stomach to go through with passing a measure that would end insurance coverage for more than 30 million Americans over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The convoluted developments played out as a divided Senate debated legislation to repeal and replace Democrat Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

"Every day shouldn't be about winning elections".

"A little bit of confusion about the path going forward", said Sen.

Healthcare industry organisations are similarly troubled and have urged a more bipartisan effort.

At the same time, the speaker says in a statement Friday that overhauling the tax code is at the top of the House's list of priorities.

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