Sen. John McCain returned to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday afternoon to cast a critical vote in favor of health care legislation less than a week after undergoing surgery and revealing he has brain cancer.
"The American people are going to regret that we couldn't find a better way forward". "I'm optimistic we can still get it done". Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said in a five-minute statement before the vote, after Sen.
To be sure, a "skinny repeal" itself would be a very damaging piece of legislation if enacted. The threats that leaders and outside groups would level at Republicans who were considering voting no would nearly certainly exceed anything we have seen to date.
Analysis of the "Skinny Repeal" bill by the Congressional Budget Office determined it would have pushed up premiums 20 percent and caused 16 million to lose their health insurance.
That's basically the message that was sent to the American people last night. "We have to keep working at this until we get the job done". Sen. David Purdue (R-GA): The fact that skinny repeal could become law is "the only possible problem". "It's a Trojan horse created to get the House and Senate into conference where the hard right flank of the House Republicans, the Freedom Caucus, will demand full repeal or something very close to it".
Trump, who pressured senators to pass the law, responded to the latest GOP defeat with seeming determination to let the Affordable Care Act fail.
Was it good politics? That political reality has come into sharper focus in recent days as Republicans strain to pass high-stakes legislation revamping the nation's health care law. At the time, this was speculated to be the end of Obamacare repeal in the House.
Because the state waivers language violates these rules, it would need 60 votes, which is impossible without Democratic support.
And their "no" votes came before McCain's now-famous thumbs-down motion, officially sinking the bill. He gave the legislation a chance to improve, but it didn't. It was John McCain's. He's a war hero because he was captured.
Democrats' refusal to support any Republican-only proposal puts the GOP in a tight corner, as evidenced by Monday's slimmest of votes to even debate the party's overhaul proposals. Patty Murray (Wash.), were already talking about ways they can start on fixes to the health care system in committee.
"We are not celebrating", he said.
"Let's see how everything turns out here, guys", Sen. "We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve".
At the same time, President Trump suggested this morning that Congress should do nothing and just watch Obamacare "implode", letting the Democrats be blamed for it. Or does he simply want chaos?
Lobbyists said Republicans were also planning to include a one-year ban on federal payments to Planned Parenthood, extra money for community health centers and waivers for states to permit insurers to sell policies with far narrower coverage than current law allows.
By the way, what does the party of family values think of Scaramucci's tirade?