USA healthcare repeal law struck down at the eleventh hour

USA healthcare repeal law struck down at the eleventh hour

On Tuesday, it was looking up for Republicans when a 51-50 vote brought the Senate closer to repealing and replacing Obamacare.

In the middle of the night, the US Senate voted on the latest bill meant to rewrite central parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama's landmark healthcare legislation of 2010.

Senate Republicans voted on Friday against a "skinny" repeal of Obamacare in a 49-51 vote. As expected, Republican Senator Susan Collins from ME voted no.

McCain, who only returned to Washington a few days earlier after being diagnosed with brain cancer last week, tweeted shortly after explaining some of the reasoning behind his critical choice.

Hours before Friday's vote, the independent Congressional Budget Office, which analyses economic issues, said McConnell's "skinny" bill would leave 15 million more Americans uninsured in 2018 compared to the current law. "We told our constituents we would vote that way", said McConnell, "and when the moment came, most of us did".

"I said from the beginning, let Obamacare implode, and then do it".

After spending months failing to agree on a bill, Republicans tried to pass a stripped down version of a repeal, known as a "skinny bill", with the hope that they could iron out the details in Conference with Republican members of the House.

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However, the Senate has been failing to pass the Republicans' proposals in recent days.

They have also warned that any benefits for the GOP would also be reaped by Democrats if they were to recapture the majority - which could be somewhat more likely after the Republicans' failure to kill ex-President Obama's signature legislation.

The president's tweet about "bailouts" ending for insurance companies could refer to cost-sharing subsidies, which are payments the federal government makes under Obamacare to insurance companies to subsidize lower health-care costs for low-income families.

"Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead!"

House Leader Paul Ryan, a Republican, said that it was "time to move on" and that he wanted his party to focus on the tax code.

"There are a number of hospitals that I know had plans to do something and they essentially put them on hold through this political conversation because it was a political conversation and not one really about health policy", he said.

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