Republicans React to Healthcare Failure

Republicans React to Healthcare Failure

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In a striking vote in the early morning hours Friday morning, Senate Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare were defeated. Republicans enjoyed a small victory Tuesday when a motion to proceed to the bill was passed. That allowed the Senate to take up, and change or replace the AHCA which passed in the House.

What Happened?

After a whirlwind week of debate and voting on health care, the Republicans walked away empty handed early this morning. After the motion to proceed had been passed on Tuesday, Senate GOP leaders moved to vote on their version of a comprehensive repeal and replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. That vote hailed with 9 Republicans voting with all 48 Democrats against the bill.

Next, there was debate and a vote on a repeal and delay option. This bill proposed to repeal Obamacare now with a 2-year delay in implementation to allow Congress time to pass a replacement option. That bill was also easily defeated with 7 Republicans joining the Democrats in opposition.

Finally, after the debate and a vote-o-rama on amendments, the Senate came to a vote on a skinny repeal options that would eliminate certain Obamacare mandates. That proposal also failed when John McCain (R-AZ) joined 2 GOP colleagues and all the Democrats in voting no.

The Republican Reaction

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said after the vote,

“This is clearly a disappointing moment. Our constituents have suffered through an awful lot under Obamacare. We thought they deserved better. It’s why I and many of my colleagues did as we promised and voted to repeal this failed law. We told our constituents we would vote that way. And when the moment came, when the moment came, most of us did.” He added, “It’s time to move on.”
President Trump took to Twitter to express his disappointment and to once again encourage the failure of healthcare for millions of Americans.
In response to Senator McCain’s reluctance on the bill his friend and colleague Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “I think John is rightfully upset with the process and whatever he does, he’s earned the right to do it.”