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The "Skinny" Repeal Republicans Hope to Pass Would Leave Huge Numbers Uninsured

28 July 2017, 08:07 | Katie Chavez

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Senator John Mc Cain leaves after a procedural vote on healthcare on Thursday as the Senate was to vote on moving head on health care with the goal of erasing much of Barack Obama's law

A bill to repeal Obamacare without a replacement died in a Senate vote Wednesday - giving Republicans their second health care loss in the 24 hours since they scraped by in a vote to keep the effort going.

What are they voting on today?

It's also far from clear that skinny repeal-or any other Obamacare repeal-will ever become law.

All Democrats who voted did so against the repeal as well as Republican Sens.

With a Republican president in the White House, GOP leaders tried again.

It provides flexibility to states through 1332 waivers to expand the types of health plans they offer.

"If that is the plan, I will vote to proceed to have this vote".

The reality, however, is that repealing and replacing Obamacare still ultimately requires the Senate to produce 51 votes for an actual plan.

First, on Tuesday, the Senate voted 50 to 50 to open the debate, with Vice President Mike Pence then breaking the tie.

It included a proposal by Sen. And a proposal was added from Sen.

For years, Republicans have rallied their base around the idea that the government shouldn't force its citizens to pay for health care if they don't want it.

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Having covered the legislative battle over the Obama health law, many of those criticisms weren't entirely accurate - but the irony right now is that the GOP may be following a health care script in 2017 which mirrors many of their own complaints from 2009 and 2010. This is an amendment proposed by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

Republican members said they expected to receive additional guidance at Thursday's GOP policy lunch.

But it hasn't been so simple, given the differing priorities among the 52 Senate Republicans.

Nevada Senator Dean Heller, R-NV, joined six of his Republican counterparts Wednesday voting "no" on a repeal only version of an Obamacare overhaul. It calls for eliminating the individual and employer mandate, as well as the tax on medical device makers.

If that plan passes the Senate, it would most likely go to a conference committee of House and Senate negotiators who would try to work out a final compromise.

Graham said he received a phone call from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) telling him that there was a move in the House to pass the "skinny" repeal and send it to the president's desk rather than go to conference.

Conservatives increasingly appear to be pinning their hopes to option C: so-called "skinny repeal". There is frustration among Americans as to why the Republicans can't come together and get this done.

Why has it been so hard for the Senate to reach agreement? Seven Republicans, however, bucked leadership and refused to support the proposal without a ready replacement. "I also now believe we will be able to defeat the new spending and bailouts", he wrote.

What that final bill will look like is still up in the air but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems hopeful even reaching across the aisle. "This certainly won't be easy".

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