Call It 'Sneaky Repeal,' Not 'Skinny Repeal'

'Obamacare' repeal reeling after Senate defeat

The trio, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona, all Republicans, joined a unified Democratic opposition to kill the so-called "skinny repeal" of Obamacare, 51-48. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME - joined McCain and all Democrats to reject the amendment, which would have repealed a mandate that most individuals get health insurance and would have suspended a requirement that large companies provide coverage to their employees. It would have also suspended a tax on medical devices and denied federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year.

"Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don't go to a 51 vote majority NOW".

Republicans' failure to pass the legislation marked a devastating blow to the GOP's hopes of repealing Obamacare, which has been a party rallying cry since 2010. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined Democrats in opposing the health care overhaul.

"This is clearly a disappointing moment", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. 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. Last night, three GOP senators bucked their party and president, siding with Democrats to vote down a last-minute effort to repeal portions of the law.

"Not sufficient", said McCain, who returned to the Capitol Tuesday to provide a pivotal vote that allowed the Senate to begin debating the health care bill, a paramount priority for Trump and the GOP. "The so-called "skinny repeal" amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals", McCain said in a statement after the vote. Even President Donald Trump called to try a final "Hail Mary" to sway McCain, a source briefed on the call told CNN.

On health, the senate considered that the proposed republican threat to leave, at this stage, and as is stated elsewhere, the official screenings, millions of american families without access to care. Some Republican senators had been concerned that the House would simply pass the "skinny bill" and send it to Trump. The idea being pitched by leaders is to pass it, then move into a conference negotiation between the House and the Senate.

Without the senate, respectively, in ME and Alaska, which follow this record for months, the arrival of theatre of John McCain, 1: 29H in the morning Friday to show his disagreement, thumb down, would have been in vain. Had Republicans been successful in repealing and replacing it with their own brand of health care, Democrats would have had their turn to use it politically.

Still, Ryan had seemingly opened a path for McConnell earlier Thursday by signaling a willingness to negotiate a more comprehensive bill with the Senate. Without the guarantee, they fear the House could approve it and President Trump would sign it.

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The country's biggest organization of health plans is opposing the Senate Republicans' latest approach to scrapping the Obama health care law. "Obamacare has led to skyrocketing costs and collapsing insurance markets".

It was unclear whether Republicans had enough votes to push the measure through.

Republicans say no decisions have been finalized.

Its core is elimination of the A.C.A. requirement that individuals buy insurance or pay a penalty.

The Senate is expected to finish the legislation by Friday.

At a House GOP conference Friday morning, Ryan reportedly recited the lyrics to "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", a metaphor he suggested for the sinking of the GOP's seven-year journey to repeal Obamacare.

The bill would have eliminated the individual mandate, the employer mandate and change other key provisions to the current health care law.

It should all come to a head Thursday on the Senate floor with a rare and frenzied procedural oddity called a "vote-a-rama" where all sides can offer unlimted amendments in rapid succession.

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