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Republicans who voted against ObamaCare 'straight repeal'

Republicans who voted against ObamaCare 'straight repeal'”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) voted for the BCRA, even though he publicly stated that he could not vote for the bill in its current form.

That option is being considered in a scaled-down, "skinny" repeal bill that Senate Republicans appear to be heading toward trying to pass this week after a lack of consensus around more comprehensive plans. Repealing ex-President Barack Obama's signature legislation has increasingly become Republican priority in recent years and figured prominently in President Trump's campaign rhetoric.

Mr McConnell, who is still expected to receive no support from Democrats, can now only afford to lose two Republican votes and still be able to pass a bill.

With a Republican president in the White House, GOP leaders tried again.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman blasted out a press release in December 2015, touting his vote in favor of repealing Obamacare.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was a major proponent of this repeal plan because it delivered what he called a "clean repeal" of the law. On Wednesday, however, he voted against repealing Obamacare. John McCain to fly back to Washington and Vice President Mike Pence to break a 50-50 tie - but the future of the bill remains in doubt.

The bill which would have given a two-year window to bring a replacement of Obamacare was defeated by 55-45 votes yesterday in the Republican-majority Senate. Cruz's amendment would allow insurers to sell cheaper and worse health care plans so long as they also offer at least one plan that complies with the Affordable Care Act. And a proposal was added from Sen. Proposals included helping low income individuals move to the private market with billions in federal subsidies and carving out vulnerable populations for increased Medicaid funding. They also are using procedural tactics to try to slow down the debate process.

Trump has publicly pressured other members of his own party who haven't backed him on health care.

Republicans needed a simple majority, 51 votes, rather than a supermajority to pass it because they were using the budget reconciliation process.

What happens after the 20 hours of debate are over?

Under the complex rules governing how the legislation is being considered, the debate will culminate at some point Thursday afternoon or evening in a freaky exercise called a "vote-a-rama" during which unlimited amendments can be offered by all sides in rapid succession. That is expected to start Thursday.



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