McCain Votes Against 'Skinny Repeal,' Bill Fails

Cain on Thursday. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times
Cain on Thursday. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

30 July, 2017

"House Republicans dispair after health care collapse" "After taking a politically poisonous vote on a controversial repeal bill, the Senate failed to unite around a substantial policy replacing President Barack Obama's health care law, leaving House Republicans exposed".

Just after 1:30 a.m. ET on July 28, the Republican U.S. Senate failed 49 - 51 to pass its latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), widely known as Obamacare.

Schumer said GOP defections that sank a "skinny repeal" of the 2010 Affordable Care Act provided the opportunity to start over with bipartisan reforms.

But that's simply not an option for a conservative base energized by its opposition to the health law.

It was arguably Mitch McConnell as Republican minority leader starting in 2007 who turned the filibuster from an uncommon parliamentary procedure to the threshold needed for all major bills. On the evening of July 27, just hours before the repeal failed, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., shockingly bucked his party and voted against a scaled-down repeal bill that emerged as the Senate's last-ditch effort. In May, Trump called for the election of "more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%". Dean Heller, R-Nev. None of the three is up for re-election next fall.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, gets a hug from Genie Giao Nguyen, who came to wish him a speedy recovery after his a brain cancer diagnosis, and urge him to speak out against Chinese actions in the South China Sea.

"Congress and the administration could do as little as possible to help support the marketplaces, or even take active steps to destabilize them, such as not funding cost-sharing reductions or not actively enforcing the individual mandate", said Christine Eibner, a senior economist at the RAND Corp. "So just to stay to make it look good, I think is kind of dumb, too". Conservative activist Shak Hill, a former Air Force pilot, plans to run against second-term GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock in a competitive northern Virginia district. Overall, the Republicans once again failing for a full week to get this thing repealed shows how ineffective they are at leadership, how inept they are at working together, and how much their party has fallen into complete disarray.

So the 80-year-old McCain was a maverick to the end - defying President Donald Trump and Senate GOP leaders.

As we've explained in a previous article, amendments created to stop Medicaid expansion and take out the individual mandate - the requirement for all to get health insurance or suffer a penalty - were being targeted in this skinny bill. "You can not continue to elect the same people over and over again and expect different results".

The House approved its health care measure in May, after its own tribulations. "But you can't have everything", he added, seemingly shrugging off one of his biggest legislative setbacks.

The Trump administration has become engulfed in internal drama over personnel and personalities.

President Trump has served as the chief instigator for discord.

Fortunately, despite the Republicans having a majority in the Senate and the House, this future will never come to pass.

Trump referred to Washington as "the swamp" before pledging that "we're going to get it done".

"Every place in every corner of the country where we go, the number one thing we are asked - and I know this because I've talked to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle - is can't you guys work together?" "This effort will continue", Price said.

What is Obamacare and why do Republicans want to overturn it?

"The political pressure on something like this is real", said GOP strategist Mike Shields. He said repeatedly through the campaign that it would be "so easy".

"I think governors are an interesting group, because they are doing the nuts and bolts of governing on a daily basis", Tankersley said.

As early as October, voters are likely to see increased costs as insurance companies notify people about their new rates.

For now at least, many Trump supporters blame the Republican Party's problems on its leaders in Congress. Her counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer of NY, said after the votes that Democrats who resisted the GOP legislation "are not celebrating".

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