Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Republicans Cancel Plans to Vote on Graham-Cassidy

Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Family Foundation
Sammy Stanley | 28 September, 2017, 00:14

"Where we go from here is tax reform", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on Tuesday.

Surprisingly, Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsay Graham of SC swiftly crafted the new version and tried to rush it through in order to beat a Saturday deadline of needing only a simple majority of 51 votes for passage, including that of Vice President Mike Pence, who votes when there is a tie.

Monday night, the Republicans modified Graham-Cassidy to make it more palatable for Murkowski, Cruz and Lee to vote in favor but that did not satisfy the senators who announced they were still opposed.

Collins joins fellow Republican Sens. John Thune (R-SD), a member of Senate leadership, argued that Senate Republicans should try to repeal Obamacare after they pass a tax reform package. When the American people gave Republicans the House majority after winning the 2010 midterms on the promise of ObamaCare repeal, the people were told 'We can't do it with just the House, we need a majority in the Senate to get the job done.' In 2014, Republicans running for Senate repeated those promises, and were handed a Senate majority.

A last-ditch effort by the White House and Republican leadership to repeal Obamacare by a looming September 30 deadline might well have been killed by U.S. Sen.

Rep. Thomas Massie, though, said Democrats packed multiple issues into the budget they used to help pass the Affordable Care Act originally, and said it could be done for repeal.

Graham, however, said he's optimistic that Republicans will eventually repeal Obamacare.

"We're going to get there", he said. Over the last few days, a handful of Republicans came out against the proposal, including U.S. Sens.

"Health care is a deeply personal, complex issue that affects every single one of us and one-sixth of the American economy", Collins said Monday in a statement. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the plug on the latest version of a bill created to dismantle the controversial health law. Instead they will move on to tax reform, reaching for at least one legislative win before midterm elections.

"We basically ran out of time", said Sen. The moderate senator says she faced intense lobbying, including a phone call from Donald Trump.

During a news conference Tuesday, McConnell said the fight to change the health care system is not over. "While I'm certainly glad this latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and end coverage for tens of millions of Americans has collapsed, it's even more clear to me how important it is that we continue to build on the progress we've made".

When asked where the health care debate heads next, Collins said she believes it's back to the drawing board.

Even as the talk of repeal continued, however, a key Republican committee chairman said late Tuesday that he would seek to resume negotiations with Democrats on a more limited bipartisan package.

Trump publicly stated that he still wanted the ACA repealed "But we are disappointed in certain so-called Republicans".

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