February 21, 2018

Trump rails against Senate rules in wake of health care defeat

30 July 2017, 12:56 | Christie Tate

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"Last night's vote is a slap in the face to the millions of pro-lifers who worked hard to elect a pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate", she said.

"Republicans are absolutely in trouble in 2018, just due to their absolute dysfunction at the moment", said Andrew Roth, vice president for government affairs at the deeply conservative group Club for Growth, which was advocating full repeal of the health care law.

For his part, President Donald Trump did not appear quite ready to move on from health care Friday, though he did seem open to letting the Affordable Care Act "implode". John McCain cast the deciding vote against the plan.

On a week when the Boys Scouts and the USA military gave him some push-back, the collective, audible sigh from congressional Republicans growing increasingly frustrated, and now alarmed, by President Trump became a public admonishment. Murkowski and Collins have been firmly against repeal efforts for weeks. Since coming into office in January, Trump and his team of Republicans have managed to pass no major legislation.

"There are going to be Democrats trumpeting tonight as a victory for a policy that is collapsing and failing the American people", Republican Sen. "Watch!" he wrote on Twitter at 2:25 am Washington time.

He said that he, Johnson and McCain and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito told reporters after the vote. "If they don't get passed, you're going to get people who are frustrated don't show up at the polls". "We are not celebrating".

What Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced is that Democrats are holding back on their amendments. New, because it's his latest comment on health care.

Trump previously said the law that he and others call "Obamacare" would stop immediately whenever those payments stop.

Republicans have been under intense pressure to deliver on their repeal promises.

McConnell said it was time for Democrats "to tell us what they have in mind".

Senate Republicans are pushing to pass some form of Obamacare repeal this week after multiple efforts to follow through on the key campaign promise have stalled recently.

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Nonetheless, previous Republican health bills have recognized the importance of having some kind of penalty for people who don't maintain their coverage. While Obama's law extended coverage to some 20 million people, nonpartisan analyses estimate the GOP proposals would make millions more uninsured. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and the ailing John McCain.

McCain was a bigger surprise. We did our work. The House and Senate bills would need to be reconciled by a "conference committee" into one final piece of legislation that both chambers would have to pass again.

"If moving forward requires a conference committee, that is something the House is willing to do", House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement Thursday evening. But they each contained incentives for Americans to remain continuously insured, which is crucial for the health of the market.

Abortion giant Planned Parenthood was ecstatic over the failed vote. It also said the measure would reduce the federal deficit by $178.8 billion over a decade.

The Consumer Freedom amendment proposed by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) or elements of it could also be included in the "skinny repeal" bill that Republicans are preparing. Republicans have long sought to get rid of the mandate, one of Obamacare's least popular provisions.

Republican leaders had chose to vote on a pared-down proposal to repeal portions of Obamacare known as the "skinny bill" after failing to reach consensus on a more comprehensive measure after the U.S. House of Representatives approved their bill in May.

It's not the first time Brooks, who's running for the Senate seat now occupied by Luther Strange (R-Ala.), has called for McConnell to step down from his leadership role. "I urge everyone to support it".

The contentious debate has left Republicans in an uncomfortable position where the only legislation they can pass is a bill most senators oppose. (On the bright side, at least Republicans' hypocritical invocation of Senate traditions and Constitutional niceties need not be tolerated.) To the rescue, however, rode two fearless women and a war hero stricken with cancer.

"I am disappointed with this setback on efforts to fix our broken health care system", Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said in a statement.

The White House and congressional leaders were already signaling before the failed health care vote that they were ready to start tackling tax reform - an issue that hasn't seen a true overhaul since the late 1980s.

House GOP leaders told rank-and-file members Friday at a closed door meeting that they were plowing full speed ahead on the rest of the spending bills, the budget and tax reform when the House returns in September.

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