Republicans in the Senate were unable to dismantle Obamacare during an early morning vote of the so called “skinny repeal bill” on Friday morning that failed to gain traction after hours of discussion in the Senate on Thursday night.
After 3 Senate Republicans voted against the “skinny repeal bill” in a 49-51 vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described the outcome of Friday’s vote as a “disappointment.”
“I regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time” Sen. McConnell told senators.
The 3 Republicans who voted against the “skinny repeal bill” included Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
President Trump expressed his dissatisfaction in the form of a new tweet when he tweeted, “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York explained that Senate Democrats aren’t in a celebratory mood after the defeat of the Republican healthcare bill.
“We are not celebrating, we are relieved” Minority Leader Schumer said.
“And millions and millions of people who would have been so drastically hurt by the 3 proposals put forward will at least retain their healthcare, be able to deal with preexisting conditions, deal with nursing homes and opioids that Medicaid paid for. We are relieved, not for ourselves, but for the American people.”
Minority Senate Leader Schumer said that Obamacare was “hardly perfect” but admitted it did a lot of good things and still needs improvement.
He called for a bi-partisan effort to work together on Capitol Hill to improve Obamacare.
“So lets turn the page and work together to improve our healthcare system” Minority Senate Leader Schumer said in the Senate after the vote.
Overturning Obamacare proved to a complicated undertaking for Republicans with the 2018 mid-term elections around the corner.
It also represented a policy defeat for President Trump who made repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act one of his central themes during the election season.
Public dissatisfaction grew stronger after Republicans presented their repeal and replace plans that failed to ignite strong support from Americans.
Analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showed that millions of Americans will become uninsured.
The latest Congressional Budget Office score of the “skinny repeal bill” showed that 16 more million Americans would be without medical insurance by 2026 if it became implemented.
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