The GOP's Bid to Repeal Obamacare Is Probably Over for Good

The GOP's Bid to Repeal Obamacare Is Probably Over for Good

The GOP's Bid to Repeal Obamacare Is Probably Over for Good

The specific contents of the bill voted on early Friday morning wasn't delivered in detail to the Senate until 10 p.m. Thursday.

But after the amendment failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced his frustrations: "This is clearly a disappointing moment", McConnell said.

The bill would repeal both the individual and employer mandates, which requires individuals to have health insurance, and employers to provide health insurance to employees.

The Senate bill effectively defunds Planned Parenthood for one year by prohibiting Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled, from reimbursing the women's healthcare provider.

Republicans had said late Thursday their plan was to get the "skinny" bill through the Senate and then negotiate with the House on a broader agreement to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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But after some wrangling on the Senate floor, it became apparent that the Republicans did not have enough votes and Pence left. It was not meant to become law, but to open a path for a House-Senate conference committee to try to work out comprehensive legislation Congress could pass and send to Trump. The pressure on the GOP to do something is intense, and includes near-daily tweets from President Donald Trump.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, (R-SC), slammed the Senate's failure to pass an Obamacare repeal and replacement bill, even the scaled back one that failed in the Senate last night.

His unexpected vote killed the bill, and also dealt what looks like a death blow to the Republican Party's years of promises to get rid of Barack Obama's health law.

"We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve".

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the various Republican health care proposals would increase the number of uninsured people by anywhere from 16 million to 23 million.

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The South Carolina Republican, along with Johnson as well as John McCain of Arizona and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, pledged that they would not vote for skinny repeal unless they received an ironclad guarantee from Ryan that there would be a conference committee.

Senate leadership has touted the "skinny" bill as a mechanism to force a conference committee with the House, taking time to hash out a compromise.

He added that it was "time to move on".

But the plan was blocked by 51-49 in the 100 seat Senate, with all Democrats and three Republicans voting against it.

"Our inability to address the pressing healthcare needs of the American people with meaningful and lasting reform is inexcusable", he said.

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