Senate Vote On Clean ACA Repeal Falls Flat

NC Senators Vote to Move ACA Repeal Bill Forward

Taylor joins US Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) in his call to "Let the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray hold hearings, try to report a bill out of committee with contributions from both sides".

President Donald Trump has declined to guarantee payments, and has floated the idea of letting the law fail.

After Senate Republicans voted to proceed Tuesday afternoon on the repeal of Obamacare, GOP leaders touted the move as the "beginning" of a long, open process to repeal and replace the health care law.

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) as well as every Democratic senator also voted no on the legislation.

The failed amendment came a day after the Senate barely passed a motion to debate the American Care Act, the Obamacare replacement plan already passed by the House. Instead, they got 49 votes. The deciding vote was cast by Sen. Lack of health insurance is a major barrier to seeking out care and receiving necessary treatments.

In a statement following defeat of the measure on a 49-51 vote, the California Democrat says, "The American people have spoken loud and clear against the higher costs and monstrous cruelty of Trumpcare".

But health insurers have hemorrhaged money as a result of older and sicker people flooding the market, and Zolbrod noted that Highmark's pulling out of the ACA marketplace past year left UPMC Health Plan as the only government marketplace provider in many counties, including Fayette.

"This is just the beginning", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters during a brief press conference after the vote.

"My experience has been if you really want to screw something up, put the government in charge of it", Blair countered, saying that he is "not all that enamored" with the possibility of a single-payer health care system, even as it gains popularity amid the legislative back-and-forth regarding health care on Capitol Hill.

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