Published: Mon, July 31, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Right-wing Republicans dismayed they could not pass their terrible Obamacare repeal

Right-wing Republicans dismayed they could not pass their terrible Obamacare repeal

As Republicans now move toward crafting a bill, one GOP option - favored by conservatives - is to simply repeal most major parts of Obamacare, and try to pass a new health care law sometime in the future.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is praising the three Republicans who broke with their party to reject the GOP health care bill, especially John McCain. It would have delayed a tax on medical devices.

President Trump took to Twitter to bash U.S. Senate rules in the wake of the GOP Senate leadership's failure to pass any of the bills put forward to end Obamacare.

McCain, of Arizona, was one of three Republican lawmakers, including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, who voted with Democrats in the 49-51 defeat of the Republican-led repeal effort. "For the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians suffering from the higher costs and fewer choices caused by Obamacare's collapse, Congress must not give up on repealing and replacing the failed health care law".

"It's time to move on", McConnell said after the defeat. Senator Mitch McConnell said that he regrets that their efforts were not enough this time. John Cornyn, the second-ranked Republican, came back with this quip: "I guess we ought to go back to Schoolhouse Rock".

After the bill's defeat, Schumer told the Senate that it was time to heed McCain's call this week to return to a more transparent and bipartisan legislative process.

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Afterward, it was a different story, with the president tweeting at 2:25 a.m. ET that those who voted no had "let the American people down".

"We are relieved. Not for ourselves, but for the American people", said Sen.

Senator Dean Heller, R-NV, signed onto an amendment by Senators Graham and Cassidy that would cut some Medicaid funding to states, but replace it with federal grant money.

We must keep in mind, however, that in doing so he has provided cover to the many Republican senators who, knowing that the Republican bill was a horror show, voted for it anyway.

Had the skinny repeal bill passed, 16 million people would have lost their health insurance coverage, while those with a cover would have seen a 20 percent hike in their premiums yearly, Mashable reported. "As I said from the beginning, let Obamacare implode, then deal - watch, exclamation point". "And I'm not pointing my finger at any one person, I think this is an institutional problem for the Senate", Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, told CNN.

"Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don't go to a 51 vote majority NOW".

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There was shock in the halls of the US Capitol early Friday morning (Jul. 28) as the latest efforts to repeal the Obama administration's landmark Affordable Care Act failed in dramatic fashion. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME said no.

Freshman Florida Republican Rep. Francis Rooney told CNN that the collapse of the Obamacare repeal effort was "a bit of a civics lesson" and observing the fallout after his first 7 months of a topsy-turvy process, remarked, "it's just a very, very unusual time here".

"The governor is disappointed that Congress will be taking a recess without repealing Obamacare", Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said in a statement.

"They should have approved health care last night", Trump said in Brentwood, New York, where he delivered remarks on gang violence. "They want to pass this bill, skinny repeal, and send it to the President".

Democrats, including Maryland Sens.

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