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US Senate Rejects Republican Bid to Repel Obamacare

US Senate Rejects Republican Bid to Repel Obamacareā€

As Republicans continue to barrel toward a final vote Thursday or Friday on their plan to overturn Obamacare, the official Senate rules-keeper weighed in yet again Thursday to tell Republicans that parts of their plan violate the body's rules.

With tax legislation and other priorities waiting in the wings, Republicans are eager to move along after spending the first six months of Trump's presidency trying unsuccessfully, so far, to fulfill their years of promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare". Leadership is telling wayward Republican senators that they need to pass a bill, literally any bill, so they can get to negotiations with the House. The proposal combined the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has spent weeks crafting, along with two amendments: one for additional funding for opioid programs, proposed by moderate Sen. Under today's proposal, the individual and employer mandates would be repealed, the Medicaid expansion and federal subsidies would be ended, and numerous law's taxes would be rolled back.

The Senate majority leader said in remarks on the Senate floor Thursday morning that, "Senators will have the opportunity to consider many, many more amendments tonight".

Republican Senator John McCain made a dramatic return to Congress yesterday in order to cast his votes on the healthcare bill.

However the House might be unwilling to agree to the "skinny bill" as-is.

On Tuesday, senators voted 51-50 on a motion to proceed to debate on the American Health Care Act, the repeal and replace plan put forward by the House earlier this year.

But even that so-called "skinny" bill is running into trouble.

Since then, efforts including a straight repeal of the ACA failed with all Democrats voting against and joined by enough Republicans to sink the efforts. "Now while it is a clean repeal bill, it is only a partial repeal bill".

Without a requirement for healthy people to carry insurance, the system breaks down because no one would purchase coverage until they became sick.

Democrats also requested an analysis from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that found that an additional 16 million people would lose their insurance under the Republicans' bare-bones bill.

The Senate released the text to its "skinny repeal" plan on Thursday, and the biggest group of doctors in the U.S. wasn't on board.

Although that language cleared the House and Senate back then, some Senate Republicans acknowledge now that the vote was symbolic.

The Affordable Care Act, known informally as Obamacare, brought insurance to 20 million previously uninsured Americans and was the signature domestic achievement of former Democratic President Barack Obama.



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