Friday, 22 September, 2017

Health care bill fails in Senate

Donald Trump Senate Votes 50-50 to Move to Healthcare Debate as McCain Returns
Theresa Hayes | 28 July, 2017, 01:55

Wednesday's defeat comes after the main Republican proposal to replace the ACA was defeated 43-57 on Tuesday night, falling far short of the 60 votes required for passage.

President Trump had made scrapping the policy a key campaign pledge.

Senate Republicans said Tuesday they might also vote on a "skinny repeal" that would be a much more narrow proposal.

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 McCain returned 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 repeal Obamacare 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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