'Skinny repeal' of Obamacare fails - these three Republican senators killed it

'Skinny repeal' of Obamacare fails - these three Republican senators killed it

The problem with that is if they do vote for it and the House votes on the same thing, it could head to the president's desk without the Senate getting another chance to vote on it. There's been enough talk, and no action.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer pleaded with GOP holdouts to reject any measure - even a scaled-down one - that would prolong the push to scrap Obamacare.

ObamaCare repeal, left for dead a week ago, has just as suddenly been revived as the Senate voted Tuesday to open debate on a bill that could indeed wipe most, if not all, of the 2010 law off the books.

"The moment before us is one that many of us have waited for and talked about for a very long time", he added.

"If moving forward requires a conference committee, that is something the House is willing to do", House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement Thursday evening.

Senator John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, turned up to cast his "yes" vote. Susan Collins (R-ME), John McCain (R-AZ) and Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK)-lauding McCain as a man who "speaks truth to power" and noting of Collins and Murkowski, "women are in so many instances stronger than men" and "brag less about it". Continuing the debate is a big switch from when Obamacare was passed, under the then dictatorial Senate leadership of Harry Reid of Nevada, who rarely allowed a Senate vote, much less discussion, on any issue.

Republicans control the Senate by a 52-48 margin.

In the meantime, Senate Democrats are preparing an assortment of stalling measures, including demanding that the entire bill be read aloud on the floor.

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Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz also proposed to let insurers sell cut-rate policies with meagre coverage, including plans which would not cover basic care such as doctor visits and prescription drugs.

Trump and many other Republicans campaigned past year on a pledge to repeal and replace what they view as a failing law that constitutes government intrusion into people's healthcare decisions. Trump last week initially suggested he was fine with letting Obamacare collapse, then urged Republican senators to hash out a deal.

Trump says on Twitter Wednesday that Sen. "And besides that, it's failing so you won't have it anyway".

On Tuesday, Portman voted "yes" on a procedural vote on the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" that would allow it to overcome a parliamentary objection.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated the Senate's replacement bill could lead to as many as 22 million fewer Americans being insured.

He didn't get Congress to repeal it and replace it immediately, or at all as of yet.

The amendment would set up a universal healthcare system in which all Americans would be covered through Medicare, the federal government's health program that now covers all adults who are at least 65 years old.