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Speaker Ryan 'frustrated' by Senate health vote

30 Julio 2017, 01:02 | Bibiana Flor

A dramatic vote came down to McCain's decision. Tom Williams—AP

Senate Vote

"It's time to move on", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose reputation as a master strategist was diminished, said on the Senate floor after the vote at roughly 1:30 a.m. (0530 GMT).

Americans under Rep. Conyers' Improved Medicare for All Act would have the freedom to choose their health care providers.

Three Republicans joined with all Democrats to reject the amendment, which would have repealed a mandate that most individuals get health insurance and suspended a requirement that large companies provide coverage to their employees.

"3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down", Trump tweeted early Friday after GOP leaders failed to patch party divisions and the Senate rejected a last-ditch bill to keep the effort alive.

Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have both said that they would not vote for a measure that cuts Planned Parenthood.

But don't count on it, given the opposite policy goals of Senate Republicans and Democrats.

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. "I find it hard to believe that we can sit here and vote on a bill that is going to hurt millions and millions of people in our country". So did the American Medical Association.

The wily majority leader seemed to have revived the moribund legislation with a last-minute promise of a "skinny repeal".

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, just a week after surgery and with black-and-blue bruising on his face, was one of three Republicans to cast the "no" votes that felled the GOP's seven-year effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act - at least for now. It was not meant to become law, but to open a path for a House-Senate conference committee to try to work out comprehensive legislation Congress can pass and send to President Donald Trump. By having a conference, the senators hope they can change the "skinny" bill before a final vote.

For small businesses, according to analysis of the bill, the Skinny Repeal would have eliminated the individual and small business mandates of Obamacare. After the vote McConnell said: "This is clearly a disappointing moment".

Ryan sent senators a statement saying that if "moving forward" requires talks with the Senate, the House would be "willing" to do so. Repealing key provisions of Obamacare without replacing them could cause insurers to flee and premiums to rise. Brian Sandoval, a moderate Republican, appointed him to his Senate seat in the wake of John Ensign's resignation in 2011 and was the first GOP governor to sign onto Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.

His vote earlier in the week actually opened the Senate floor to debate the repeal. John Cornyn, the second-ranked Republican, came back with this quip: "I guess we ought to go back to Schoolhouse Rock".

But not all lawmakers saw a forced vote as such a bad thing.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, joined Susan Collins of ME to tank the bill. I'm sure we will be talking about this again.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close friend of McCain, met on Friday with Trump to discuss Graham's proposal to take tax money raised by Obamacare and send it back to the states in the form of healthcare block grants, the senator's office said.

Murphy had called the bill "the most irresponsible thing I have seen in public service".

Ryan said Thursday night, "It is now obvious that the only path ahead is for the Senate to pass the narrow legislation that it is currently considering". Others indicated they didn't want the slimmed down bill to become their legacy. And we would own the failure of Obamacare.

With but a two-vote majority, they can only spare two defections.

An amendment by Montana Republican Sen. In hindsight, the dozens of repeal votes from Republicans in both chambers seem now to be so much political grandstanding. A handful of Democrats from conservative states, including Sen.

Obama also spoke out on Facebook after Senate Republicans released their health care bill in late June.

"It's time to turn the page", Schumer said after the vote. It's not a serious effort to legislate.

Ryan also held a conference call with some of the Senate holdouts.

One particularly striking part of McConnell's and his lieutenants' strategy is that GOP leadership began openly telling its members that the "skinny" repeal would never become the law of the land.



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