Yesterday U.S. lawmakers in the Senate barely passed a motion that opens the door for Senate debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but later rejected a revised Senate healthcare amendment, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, that is believed to significantly increase the number of Americans uninsured over the next decade.
By a narrow vote of 51-50, the vote of Republican Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) helped to pass the “Motion to Proceed the American Health Care Act of 2017,” previously approved in the House of Representatives, that aims to overturn and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
Speaking at the Rose Garden on Tuesday during a press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri, President Donald Trump thanked Senator McCain for his vote and said “now we move forward towards truly great healthcare for the American people.”
Later in the day on Tuesday, senators failed to receive 60 votes and rejected in a vote of 57-43 an effort to pass the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act, an amended Senate version of the American Health Care Act of 2017, which failed to garner enough Senate Republican support in its first version, especially after a June 26th Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score revealed that it would increase the number of Americans who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 while making $ 772 billion in Medicaid cuts from 2017-2026.
Sen. John McCain gave a speech on the Senate floor yesterday in which he admitted that he voted for the motion to proceed with the debate but won’t be voting to approve the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act in its current form.
“I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue and amendments to be offered. I will not vote for the bill as it is today” Sen. McCain said.
“It’s a shell of a bill right now. We all know that. I have changes urged by my state’s governor that will have to be included to earn my support for final passage of any bill” Sen. McCain added.
On Wednesday senators in the Senate will vote on a 2015 repeal healthcare bill that former President Obama had previously vetoed.
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