Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said even though the proposal failed, it represented a number of important healthcare reform ideas developed by lawmakers.
The Senate on Thursday is holding another marathon healthcare session grappling with how to proceed with Republican efforts to scrap the Affordable Care Act. Arizona Senator John McCainreturned to Capitol Hill to cast a decisive vote to open debate, only a week after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
President Donald Trump, who called out his Republican peers in a White House address on Monday, called it "a big step".
"Congrats to all Rep". The next vote in the Senate will likely be held Wednesday on a similar version of a Republican-written ACA repeal that Obama, predictably, vetoed in 2015.
Fifty-five senators - including seven Republicans - voted against a Republican plan to simply repeal Obamacare without immediately replacing it. Forty-five senators supported the motion.
"We'll consider many different proposals throughout this process from senators on both sides of the aisle".
Republicans have long railed against Obamacare as government overreach, criticising the system for introducing government-run marketplaces, where premiums have risen sharply for some people. It's speculated that it will include massive cuts to Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood and set serious roadblocks for those with pre-existing conditions.
The "skinny" plan would eliminate the Obamacare requirement that most Americans carry health insurance as well as the requirement that employers with at least 50 full-time employees offer coverage to their workers and rescind the tax on medical devices. A plan to repealObamacare without replacing it could cost 32 million Americans their health insurance by 2026, CBO estimated.
Democrats argue that Obamacare brought coverage to millions of uninsured USA residents, and analysis of various versions of the Republican proposal would put the number of people left uninsured at north of 20 million.
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Perez also said the health law helped more than 14,000 people get on Medicaid and 300,000 people who had a pre-existing condition. For one, it doesn't do much to actually dismantle Obamacare-it simply addresses some of its enforcement and funding mechanisms.
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