February 21, 2018

Rep. Brooks: McConnell 'responsible' for health care repeal failure

30 July 2017, 07:11 | Christie Tate

Rep. Brooks: McConnell 'responsible' for health care repeal failure

Rep. Brooks: McConnell 'responsible' for health care repeal failure

One would have erased Obama's statute and replaced it with a more constricted government health care role, and the other would have annulled the law and given Congress two years to replace it. Dianne Feinstein, other Democrats came closer and closer, forming a large half-circle around the former Republican presidential nominee, who, make no mistake, has worked to thwart Democratic ambitions over the years as well.

Additionally it would have denied funding to Planned Parenthood for a year, and suspended for three years a tax on medical device manufacturers.

While there was an overwhelming sense of disappointment, some House Republicans appeared to relish the spectacular defeat in the Senate - just a little.

Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska had already said they would not vote for the bill, which left it at 50-50 if no other Republicans defected and would have allowed Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie breaking vote to pass it.

Premiums would have gone up because insurers feared that without the penalty and the health law's underlying requirement to carry insurance, some healthy people would drop their coverage.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in a statement earlier on Thursday, expressed his willingness to negotiate with the Senate on drafting a bill that could be signed by Trump.

With all 48 Democrats opposing the "skinny repeal" of Obamacare, the Republicans could not afford to have more than two of their senators dissent.

It was unclear whether Republicans had enough votes to push the measure through.

Republicans will be held responsible for any negative economic fallout from the current health system's failure, said Paul Shumaker, a North Carolina Republican pollster and senior adviser to Sen.

McCain showed courage in returning to Washington after his diagnosis - but so did Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii with Stage 4 cancer, who also made it to Washington to vote against the Senate health care bill.

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"I sadly feel a great many Americans will feel betrayed", Cruz told reporters, "that they were lied to, and that sentiment will not be unjustified". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

"Let's see how everything turns out here, guys", Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). "Virtually nothing we're doing in any of these bills and proposals are addressing the challenges, the problems, the damage done [by the Affordable Care Act]".

Their overall message to voters: don't blame us, it's all the Senate's fault.

The Senate is now expected to push back McCain's defense bill until September, but it's not known whether McCain will be back by then.

That would be the ticket to negotiations with the House, which passed its own legislation in May.

House Republicans are skeptical of the so-called "skinny" health care bill that may emerge from the Senate floor tonight, but GOP leaders are putting members on notice they may be working this weekend if it gets dropped in their lap.

Ryan responded not long after with a discursive and far from definitive statement that blamed the Senate for being unable to pass anything, but said, "if moving forward requires a conference committee, that is something the House is willing to do".

While McCain's no vote certainly came as the biggest surprise, Collins and Murkowski have been against their party's efforts to repeal Obamacare without a suitable replacement from the very beginning. Initially, it did not satisfy Graham or McCain.

"If this is part of a general trend", he said of the GOP's governing struggles, "I think that can be pretty disastrous for 2018".

Brooks said, "If they're going to quit, well then, maybe by God they ought to start at the top with Mitch McConnell leaving his position". The bill would have eliminated the individual mandate, as well as temporarily suspended the employer mandate and temporarily raised the amount of money that can be contributed pre-tax to health savings accounts.

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