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President Donald Trump on Saturday posted on Twitter Americans were forced to "live with imploding Obamacare", chiding GOP lawmakers who for seven years have pushed to repeal and replace the healthcare law yet failed to pass any legislation.

Leading Senate Republicans said Monday it was time to move from health care to other issues, saying they saw no fresh pathway to the votes needed to reverse last week's collapse of their effort to repeal and rewrite the Obama health care law.

"It's time to move on", he added after pulling the bill from the floor.

'This is clearly a disappointing moment, ' Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on an eerily quiet Senate floor right after the vote.

Senate filibusters are procedural delays aimed at killing bills. Susan Collins of ME as the only Republicans to vote against the legislation. While today was a win for millions of Americans, our fight is far from over.

Trump addressed his concerns about the Senate process in his tweets on Saturday. Several said they would only vote for the so-called skinny repeal on the condition that the House never take it up and it never becomes law. All Democrats voted against the measure.

No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas signalled pique at White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney, who pushed senators in weekend TV appearances to keep voting on health care until they succeed. Two others up for reelection are independents who caucus with the Democrats.

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McCain was joined in his "no" vote by Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who earlier in the week had received a call from the secretary of the Interior warning that the administration would drop its support for expanded energy drilling and road construction in Alaska if she dared to defy the president and Republican leadership on the crucial vote. Trump's comment suggests he'd consider ending the employer contribution for health insurance now provided to lawmakers.

Among other things, the "skinny" version of Obamacare would have repealed the individual mandate and the employer mandate, ended the tax on medical devices and defunded Planned Parenthood for one year.

Murkowski later spoke to NBC News, admitting that disappointing her colleagues was hard. And I think what you're seeing there is the President simply reflecting the mood of the people. "We can not let the public believe that we are done with healthcare".

Trump has also called on the Senate not to hold any votes until the repeal effort gets another vote. His Democratic counterpart, Chuck Schumer of NY, said lawmakers should begin working in the Senate's committees on bipartisan fixes to the health care law. "We are not celebrating".

"Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea", his office said in a statement.

Perhaps it is time for lawmakers to take a break from health care and deal with important matters such as tax reform. The subsidies - which will total about $7 billion this year and $10 billion in 2018 - reimburse insurers for reducing co-payments and deductibles for certain low-income customers, reducing their out-of-pocket costs. With unified control of Congress, in 2015 they sent President Obama a full repeal of Obamacare. The House of Representatives has passed an overhaul but the Senate has been unable to do so despite having worked on it for months. "If we don't stop them, they'll strip health coverage from millions of Americans, raise premiums, and gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions". Months in the making, the statement was a nothing-burger of political and economic platitudes that failed to resolve the central challenge of reducing tax rates without reducing tax revenue and exploding the federal deficit.


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