Uninsured To Increase By 32 Million Under Senate Obamacare Repeal Bill
The vote was more than a political statement, however: It allowed Senate Republicans to probe the parliamentarian to see how much of Obamacare could be repealed under the reconciliation rules with a simple majority.
Critics noted his stance was in direct opposition to a past tweet in which Trump said: "Leadership: Whatever happens, you're responsible". Although a deep partisan divide endures over the 2010 Affordable Care Act, people may be less far apart on what policymakers should try next, says the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey.
It's not just that Republicans have said for years they would repeal Obamacare; they actually voted to do it. Four Republicans came out against it by Monday, leaving McConnell without the necessary majority he needed to advance the bill.
Insurers selling policies under the Affordable Care Act fear that Republicans will eliminate the requirement that everyone have health insurance or pay a penalty, and President Donald Trump will stop payments created to hold down out-of-pocket expenses for low-income policyholders. Trump said his plan was to "let Obamacare fail", and, if it does, he said he would not "own it". When Trump called for an end to the legislative filibuster, McConnell rejected the idea out of hand. Dean Heller, one of several senators skeptical of any efforts that would make cuts to Medicaid.
"He wants to remain senator, doesn't he?"
The prospects of the latest bill were clouded by the hesitance of the Medicaid moderates, Republican senators from states that accepted the Obamacare expansion of the program. On Wednesday, the Senate unveiled a bill that would do that, but would delay its implementation by two years to give lawmakers time to devise a replacement plan.
Candidate Trump ran on "repeal and replace" but unfortunately promises are easily made but hard to keep.
But the report was sharply criticized by outside health experts, who said it used confusing and opaque methodology and featured misleading charts that made the amendment's effects look more favorable.
On Wednesday evening, the senators met to resolve their differences, but a resolution failed to materialize during the meeting, which Reuters reported did not include Senate staff. They failed to account for the changed - and more hard - dynamic with a Republican in the White House ready and eager to sign whatever gets to his desk. That would explain why Republican senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Shelley Moore Capito are facing misogynistic backlash on Twitter after preventing Obamacare from being repealed. He told The Hill he'll "make it a habit" not to visit the White House while his committee is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.