Last night, in a thrilling drama that entertains the sort of people who stay up late chatting on Twitter about Senate votes, three Republicans voted against their party's third and finalhealth care bill, and the measure is officially dead. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME and John McCain of Arizona - the bill went down in suspenseful defeat. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee voted in favor of the so-called "skinny repeal" of Obamacare that failed in the U.S. Senate late Thursday. And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calling for Congress to come together to address Obamacare's existing issues. "For myself, I can say - and I think I'm pretty safe in saying for people on this side of the aisle - that bailing out insurance companies, bailing our insurance companies with no thought of any kind of reform is not something I want to be part of".
Hatch vowed to continue efforts to repeal the law.
The bill is referred to as a "skinny" repeal because it contains only narrow provisions that have broad support from the GOP conference, tabling more controversial items with the goal of getting the votes needed to pass.
Trump, who campaigned for the White House on promises to repeal Obamacare, has offered no legislation of his own and little guidance to the Senate, although he has berated them for their inaction. A similar requirement on larger employers would be suspended for eight years. States could seek waivers from consumer protections in the Obama-era law, and individuals could increase the amount they contribute to tax-sheltered health savings accounts for medical expenses.
A bill that would have partially done that, but mostly would have set up a conference with the House, failed in the wee hours of Friday morning when Arizona Sen.
The plans was to pass some kind of legislation to advance to the next stage in the legislative process, to reconcile it with a bill passed by House of Representatives in May, and come up with one combined version acceptable to both chambers.
But Mr McCain then approached a group of Democrats who appeared happy to seehim.
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When the roll of Senators was being called , McCain was just off the Senate floor, and did not answer his name. The fear was that the House would end up passing the "skinny bill" rather than a more comprehensive effort.
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The convoluted developments played out as a divided Senate debated legislation to repeal and replace the Obama-era law. McConnell put the health bill on hold and announced that the Senate would move onto other legislation next week.
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It was not immediately clear how the bill achieved savings similar to $133 billion in the House's version of repeal legislation. The vote is a serious blow to Donald Trump and fellow Republicans who believe a skinny repeal is a step in the right direction.