wnol.info August 23 2017

Senate rejects full Obamacare repeal without replacement

August 23 2017, 11:11 | Perry Erickson

AP News in Brief at 6:04 am EDT

Sen. John Mc Cain is set to return to the Senate on July 25 less than a week after announcing he had brain cancer to provide a critical vote for Republican leaders who need to clear a procedural hurdle in their quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act

The first measure, expected on Wednesday, is called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a bill reportedly similar to one offered by Republican leadership in 2015 and one created to repeal and replace as much of Obamacare as the Senate Parliamentarian will allow.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska opposed the vote for debate.

According to media reports, Senate Republicans may roll out three proposals for debate and vote, which are "repeal and replace", "partial repeal" and a "skinny repeal". "I have consistently voted to repeal and replace this disastrous health care law, and I am glad that a repeal bill will finally reach the president's desk". "We're going to give you great health care".

The Senate voted on the Obamacare Repeal and Reconciliation Act, which would repeal parts of Obamacare including the individual and employer mandates, taxes, and spending.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives to speak with reporters following the successful vote to open debate on a health care bill on Capitol Hill, July 25, 2017.

Republicans finally cleared a key hurdle in their years-long effort to repeal Obamacare, the landmark law that reshaped health care and redefined campaign priorities for multiple election cycles.

On the day's opening vote to begin debate, and with all senators in their seats and protesters agitating outside and briefly inside the chamber, the vote was held open at length before Mr. McCain, 80, entered the chamber. Republican leader John McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last week, returned to the House to applause and cast a vote in favour of dismantling Obamacare.

Nevertheless, the vote narrowly passed along party lines, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the 50-50 tie.

The Senate today is voting on whether to repeal Obamacare without an immediate replacement.

"I know many of us have waited years for this moment to finally arrive".

If something - anything - passes, the next step is negotiations with the House to resolve differences in the bill.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated repealing without an immediate replacement would lead to 32 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 and cause average premiums to double. "Because we're only repealing part of it, Obamacare will remain even if we're successful with this bill at least half of Obamacare remains".

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