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ACA Repeal Bill Fails Badly In Senate

ACA Repeal Bill Fails Badly In Senate ACA Repeal Bill Fails Badly In Senate
Felix Bryan | 28 July, 2017, 00:08

Leaders were openly discussing a "skinny bill" repealing unpopular parts of the statute like its tax penalties on people not buying coverage - a tactic aimed chiefly at letting Senate-House bargainers seek a final compromise.

Ahead of the procedural vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called it an "important first step toward repealing Obamacare" and addressing its "failures".

The 80-year-old Arizona senator will return to Washington just days after a cancer diagnosis, to cast what could be the deciding vote Tuesday to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare".

But now, with Republican President Donald Trump in the White House and ready to sign a bill, the stakes are real - as are the realities of voting to repeal the current health care law without a replacement in place. "I encourage senators with healthcare ideas - whether Republicans, Democrats, or Independents - to bring their amendments to the floor", McConnell said on the floor.

On the day's opening vote to begin debate, and with all senators in their seats and protesters agitating outside and briefly inside the chamber, the vote was held open at length before Mr. McCain, 80, entered the chamber.

That legislative path appears more likely after the Senate parliamentarian on Tuesday ruled that several provisions of the BCRA don't meet budget reconciliation rules and must have 60 votes to pass.

Its main proposal is to remove individual and employer mandates but it will also allow the senate to establish a conference with the house of representatives on a replacement Bill, a move that may give the senate more time.

The measure, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, with an amendment from Sen.

Vice President Mike Pence breaks a tie in the Senate vote to proceed with debate on a health care bill.

About 20 million people gained health insurance under former President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were the only two Republican senators who did not vote yes on the measure.

More moderate GOP senators have said they fear repealing without an immediate replacement because it could generate even more uncertainty in the American insurance market.

The non-partisan Congressional Budgetary Office (CBO) found the bill would strip 22 million Americans of health insurance over the next decade.

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