Health care vote lays bare the divide between McCain and McConnell

Right-wing Republicans dismayed they could not pass their horrible Obamacare repeal
McCain Votes Against 'Skinny Repeal,' Bill Fails

30 July, 2017

Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and the ailing John McCain, according to the AP; the 80-year-old Arizona senator made a dramatic return to the Capitol Tuesday after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive procedural vote that for a time had advanced the legislation.

"Skinny repeal fell short because it fell short of our promise to repeal & replace Obamacare w/ meaningful reform", McCain wrote on Twitter.

"As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal".

Millions of Obamacare customers with incomes between 100 percent and 250 percent of poverty rely on the payments, and - with repeal off the table - health plans are still required to reduce their out-of-pocket costs whether they're reimbursed or not.

Schumer, speaking at a news conference, praised the three Republican senators who decided join Democrats in voting against a Senate effort to pass a slimmed-down version of the Republican healthcare bill.

"There wasn't a single Republican who enthusiastically voted for that legislation yesterday", Rose said.

From Friday's early-morning flop of the skinny repeal, Tankersley highlights Sen. Later, he added, "I hope we can rely on humility, cooperation & dependence on each other to better serve the people who elected us".

A member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over aspects of health care law, Heller said he would work "with my colleagues on bipartisan solutions to improve our broken health care system". John McCain's "no" vote and how he may have foreshadowed this vote in a speech he gave earlier on Thursday.

The bill failed by 51 votes to 49.

Scottsdale-based consultant. "That certainly played itself out last night".

"Too many people have been harmed to allow tonight's vote to be the end", the Wisconsin Republican said "In the coming weeks my committee will hold hearings to lay out the realities of our health care system, and I am committed to working with anyone who is serious about addressing these issues".

Despite Mr McCain's tensions with the White House, Vice President Mike Pence was assigned the task of trying to convince him to vote for the so-called "skinny bill" that aimed to pare away parts of Obamacare. Maybe if the health care bill could have included all they wanted it to, Republicans would have been able to pass something. Hundreds of Republcian amendments were brought up for a vote, and the final Senate bill was debated on the Senate floor for nearly a month.

If you want to laud Senator John McCain for his military service, or for his occasional high-profile stabs at bipartisanship, feel free. "Demand another vote before voting on any other bill!"

That amendment was being written by Graham, Heller and Sen.

None of his ideas came close to succeeding, so he came up with a final idea: just pass a bill with a few of the more popular concepts, so a new round of negotiation with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) could commence.

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