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Trump Slams '3 Republicans and 48 Democrats' for Skinny Repeal Failure

30 July 2017, 11:42 | Christie Tate

Trump Slams '3 Republicans and 48 Democrats' for Skinny Repeal Failure

Senate Republicans Admit They Don’t Know What’s In Their Own Healthcare Bill

Senate Republicans released their latest Obamacare repeal bill late Thursday just hours before a planned vote on the proposal.

Audible gasps and applause broke out during the nail-biting vote when Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), John McCain (Ariz.), and Bill Cassidy (La.) announced that they would each vote down the skinny bill unless the House promises that it won't pass the measure as is.

Rep. Annie Kuster called the vote a "win for the American people who are exhausted of partisan politics getting in the way of real solutions". "And participating insurers are on track to have their best year in the marketplaces since they began in 2014, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation".

As the Senate dug in for what promised to be a rare all-night session to debate amendments, a consensus was emerging among Republicans that the skinny bill would be used as a mechanism to keep working on an Obamacare replacement and not an end in itself.

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

Even a last-minute attempt by Vice President Mike Pence to persuade McCain to vote for the bill failed.

Trump said that police departments should be tougher on undocumented immigrants who have committed violent crimes. "I find it hard to believe that we can sit here and vote on a bill that is going to hurt millions and millions of people in our country".

"I've stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict party-line basis without a single Republican vote", he said.

McCain calls on both parties to work together
Then a so-called "vote-a-rama" begins, opening the floodgates for all senators to introduce as many amendments as they want. In his remarks Friday, McConnell said it will be "interesting to see what [Democrats] suggest is the way forward".

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McCain's vote was the one that kept everyone in suspense and he had held his decision close to his chest till the final minutes - telling reporters to "wait for the show".

Democrat Chuck Schumer said his party was relieved that millions of people would retain their healthcare.

He looked at McCain during his speech.

"When we passed Obamacare in 2009, it split us", he said, "It split us dramatically and it split us for years".

CNN called it "John McCain's maverick moment".

Sen. Chris Murphy of CT tweeted that McCain spoke to him just before the vote and said "someday I'll get to tell my grandkids what he said to me".

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