Johnson votes "yes" to allow healthcare debate

The Republican plan to repeal some parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has failed on the Senate floor in a dramatic vote early Friday morning. "If we didn't proceed to a bill, the process would have ended - and the mess that is Obamacare would have remained in place", he said. "But you can't have everything".

"All of this right now is procedural setup to get to an end that none of us are certain what it's going to look like", said Sen.

The back-and-forth played out as the Senate prepared for a freakish Capitol Hill ritual, a "vote-a-rama" on amendments that promised to last into the wee hours of Friday morning - at the end of which, the path ahead would perhaps be clearer.

Not McCain. I can't say for sure why McCain sided with Democrats and just two of his GOP colleagues. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Mike Lee of Utah. The 80-year-old McCain had been home in Arizona trying to decide on treatment options for brain cancer.

In a statement, McCain called the Senate's inability to craft wide-ranging legislation "inexcusable". The Speaker's statement that the House would be "willing" to go to conference does not ease my concern that this shell of a bill could be taken up and passed at any time. One would have erased Obama's statute and replaced it with a more constricted government health care role, and the other would have annulled the law and given Congress two years to replace it. Pat Toomey "I am disappointed with this setback on efforts to fix our broken health care system". "I intend to keep fighting for repeal". "Our responsibilities are important, vitally important, to the continued success of our republic". "Boy, oh boy, they've been working on that one for seven years", he said in Brentwood. "Outsourced the whole issue to Congress".


The measure defeated Friday would have repealed an Obama mandate that most people get health insurance and would have suspended a requirement that larger companies offer coverage to their employees. It would have also delayed a tax on medical devices and denied funding to Planned Parenthood for a year.

"We worked really hard to try to develop a consensus for a better way forward", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a speech on the Senate floor after the vote.

At the same time, Meadows said, he's thinks the House and Senate might feel enough pressure to forge a final agreement. "It's time to move on".

Just three days ago, Trump praised McCain as a courageous "American hero" for coming back to Washington from Arizona, where he had been recuperating from surgery, to take part in the healthcare legislative effort. He added, "How is he going to get the job done on the rest of President Trump's agenda?" Local party leaders, activists and political operatives are predicting payback for Republicans lawmakers if they don't revive the fight.

"We are not celebrating", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.


The payments are the subject of a lawsuit brought by House Republicans over whether the Affordable Care Act specifically included a congressional appropriation for the money, as required under the Constitution. "This effort will continue", he said. But insurers, hospitals, doctors, and consumer groups are pressing the administration to guarantee billions of dollars in disputed subsidies to help stabilize insurance markets around the country.

With Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare in disarray, hundreds of USA counties are at risk of losing access to private health coverage in 2018 as insurers consider pulling out of those markets.

"Few markets can go bad on you as fast as a health insurance market", said Kreidler.

The Senate agreed to open debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare on Tuesday, but it's still unclear what senators will be voting on in the end, NBC News reported.



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