GOP Dealt Stiff Blow in Senate's Bid to Repeal Obamacare

Protesters outside the US Capitol

President Trump went after Senate Republicans in a series of tweets Saturday morning, calling for an end to the filibuster two days after the party's Obamacare repeal bill failed to attract even a majority of senators.

A day after a years-long effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act collapsed on Capitol Hill, President Trump castigated Republican senators for their inability to pass legislation.

The vote for the new health care bill was delayed after Republican members of the Senate kept a procedural vote open before the actual Obamacare vote, while they also tried to convince their member to support the repeal. Three Republican senators - McCain as well as Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME - voted no.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said after the bill failed early Friday that he would move to other legislative business in the upcoming week.

'This is clearly a disappointing moment, ' said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

After a marathon Congressional session, U.S. President Donald Trump failed to pass a bill that would overhaul the nation's healthcare sector Obamacare, which could disadvantage Republicans in the lead up to next year's Congressional elections, experts said.

Trump responded on Twitter: '3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down.

At the meeting of House Republicans, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., summed up the mood by citing an old Gordon Lightfoot tune called "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", about sailors drowning on a sinking ship.

"It would take immediately 16 million people, the skinny plan only eliminates over 16 million versus 24 million people, which was the fat proposal, which is the one they wanted", Malloy said.

Schumer called that approach "sabotage", and said he hopes Republicans in the House and Senate "will turn a deaf ear on that".

WASHINGTON ― Walking into the Senate late Thursday evening, Sen.

Many insurers have been waiting for an answer from Trump or lawmakers on whether they will continue to fund the annual government subsidies.

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

The Trump administration already cancelled $5 million in ads that advertised the upcoming enrollment season, and the president is now threatening to withhold federal payments that help reduce insurance premiums - particularly for low-income people - and keep companies in the market.

The Republicans' "skinny" repeal bill, among other things, would have effectively ended the mandate that every American have to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, provided greater flexibility to the states through waivers, defunded Planned Parenthood and given more money to community health centers, and increased the contribution limit to Health Savings Accounts.

Republicans are zero for five thus far on presenting health care plans that would actually improve the issues that Americans are now experiencing under the Affordable Care Act: increasing premiums and, in some counties, a collapsing marketplace. "We're not going to do that".



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