AFTER VOTING to move forward on repealing and replacing Obamacare - precipitously, and without any sense of where they would end up - Senate Republicans are trying to slap together a major health-care bill on the Senate floor.
Capito had said she would not vote to repeal the ACA without a replacement plan in place. But he voted in support of the motion to proceed, saying to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday, "Let's start small and see how many pieces of repeal we can agree on". A few hours later he voted for the very bill he had said was so lousy, the McConnell plan to repeal-and-replace. But what it does offer is some insight into who it is we should be looking at when it comes to people who aren't going to just vote yes because they want to be in line with the party: Mike Lee, Susan Collins, Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, Dean Heller, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, and Tom Cotton.
Because neither of these amendments was scored by the Congressional Budget Office, Senate rules require that they receive 60 votes to pass, as opposed to the 51 votes now required under the budget reconciliation rules that Mr. McConnell has enacted.
"If they can't visit their representatives, we are encouraging people to plan their own rallies to stop the repeal of Obamacare", she said. Ultimately, they will be tested on whether the GOP can reach a consensus on health care reform - a goal that has eluded senators so far.
Senate Republicans failed in another attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act Wednesday, forcing them to next consider modestly scaling back the law rather than the outright repeal they have long promised.
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Getting rid of the individual mandate with no other changes to the bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would leave 15 million more Americans without healthcare by 2026. This version would reportedly repeal the individual and employer mandates and the medical device tax.
Judy Eledge, president of the Alaska Republican Women's Club, slammed Murkowski for refusing to vote on an outright repeal. That vote will likely happen Friday.
Republicans could only afford to lose two senators and still have the bill passed. This vote to consider a bill that kicks more than 20 million people off of their health care is utterly shameful but we can not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves.
The Senate today is voting on whether to repeal Obamacare without an immediate replacement. "We do expect the Republican team to keep its promise to repeal Obamacare", he said.
Murkowski and Susan Collins of ME were the only Republican senators to vote no on the measure, causing a 50-50 split, which required a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.
The 61,000-member statewide organization also urged senators to eliminate numerous mandatory coverage requirements included in Obamacare, eliminate the individual mandate to purchase health care insurance and eliminate penalties for employers who do not provide health insurance coverage for their employees. But many amendments run afoul of the Senate's Byzantine rules, which mean they can require 60 votes and effectively be blocked by Democrats.