Health Care Bill Advances

Senate rejects Obama Care repeal replacement amendment

The Senate on Wednesday voted against a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with seven Republican senators siding with Democrats.

The Senate on Wednesday knocked down a proposal to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement amid a chaotic string of health-care votes this week.

At that time, Obama was in the White House and vetoed the repeal bill.

"I will not vote for this bill as it is today".

Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, also criticized the scaled-down Senate bill, telling CNN the strategy he favors is putting leaders of both chambers together and having them decide what framework for a health care overhaul can actually make it through both the House and Senate.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator who had vowed to oppose what is being called the "skinny" repeal bill unless Ryan committed to a joint negotiation, said after the call that he would now support it.

Anyway, Sen. Elizabeth Warren appears to be less than confident in Ryan's supposed assurance or in the notion that whatever compromise bill would be an improvement on the current law. Don't let the American people down! Earlier this week, MacDonough ruled that a measure in the bill to allow individual-market insurers to charge older people premiums five times higher than younger people can not be passed under Senate budget reconciliation rules. While the contents of this bill are still secret, the legislation would apparently repeal Obamacare's requirements that individuals have health insurance and that employers provide insurance to their workers, while leaving other pieces of Obamacare in place.

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The debt ceiling will need to be raised, and Ryan and McConnell are aching to get to work on tax reform legislation. But that actually adds up to the vast majority of the people that they claim are going to lose their coverage.

The bill could also have some language around waiving essential health benefits, which could require the bill to get 60 votes to pass without a filibuster.

In the meantime, Senate Democrats are preparing an assortment of stalling measures, including demanding that the entire bill be read aloud on the floor.

The Senate is considering additional amendments and is expected to continue debate late into the evening.

"Pilots like to know where they're going to land when they take off, and we should too", he said. "We need to repeal and replace Obamacare with health care that works for America".

President Donald Trump said he was "hearing good things" on health care hours after the Senate rejected legislation he backed that would repeal major portions of former President Barack Obama's health care law. Dean Heller voted on Tuesday to move ahead on the GOP effort to repeal and replace the law.

While mostly serious in his tone, Schumer could not resist a small victory lap, comparing the "deep, deep fault lines" in the Republican caucus to his own Democratic members holding strong despite ideological differences.

The big vote so far was the failed attempt to pass the amendment by Sen.

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