Published: Sun, July 30, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Cache Democratic Chair thanks those who voted against Obamacare overhaul

Cache Democratic Chair thanks those who voted against Obamacare overhaul

"A Senate vote on a slimmed-down bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act failed in the early hours of Friday, leaving Republican leaders with no clear options to deliver on promises to dismantle Obamacare.The final tally in the Senate vote was 49 for and 51 against the "skinny" repeal". Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted no, requiring Vice President Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote in favor.

"This is clearly a disappointing moment", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

"We'll see how the American people feel about their ideas", McConnell said. McCain's vote was unexpected and ends - for now - the Republican party's effort to kill Obamacare.

The "skinny" bill would have repealed the ACA's individual mandate, repealed the employer mandate for eight years, given greater flexibility to states, and defunded Planned Parenthood. There is nothing skinny about it, because the measure would leave 16 million more people without insurance, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Senator John McCain is calling on the Senate to "start fresh" on health care after he cast the decisive vote killing the GOP's "Obamacare" repeal effort.

McCain himself campaigned heavily on the "Obamacare" repeal issue past year as he won re-election to a sixth and nearly certainly final Senate term.

He also blasted Democrats, all 48 of whom voted against each repeal measure that came up over a dramatic two days in the Senate, saying he imagined they must be "celebrating".

Both the bill passed by the House and the Senate's original repeal and replace legislation would also eliminate the individual mandate.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) implored Republicans to work with Democrats to fix problems associated with Obamacare just hours after the upper chamber defeated repeal legislation.

Danny Beus, chairman of the Cache County Democratic Party and coordinator for the Cache County Latino Caucus, said numerous people he works with would have been hurt badly by the bill, and that he has people to thank. "Watch!" Trump wrote in Twitter in his response to the failed bill. The campaigns believe the three candidates are the likely top vote-getters in the primary, which will advance to a top-two runoff if no single candidate emerges with more than 50% of the vote.

We need solutions that provide strong insurance markets protections, control costs, improve health care quality, and provide affordable coverage to all Americans. "Until the Senate can do that, we will never be able to develop a conference report that becomes law".

That bill may then go to conference with the House, where more language could be added, including these provisions that are revised to meet Senate rules. But later, he told reporters that Ryan had assured him and others in a phone conversation that the House would hold talks with the Senate. Senators who vote for the "skinny repeal" proposal would be creating the conditions for deep cuts that aren't in the "skinny" bill itself but would emerge from the conference. Senate Democrats said they would be willing -- if Republicans dropped the repeal bid.

McConnell went on to say that Republicans worked really hard to try to develop a consensus for a better way forward on health care, and thanked all the Republicans for their contributions.

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