Senate rejects plan to repeal Obamacare without replacement
- Author: Michelle Webb Jul 28, 2017,
Jul 28, 2017, 0:11
The Senate scheduled a 2:15 p.m. EDT vote on whether senators support a single-payer healthcare system.
Every senator, Republican and Democrat alike, will now have a virtually unlimited opportunity to debate and offer amendments to help put together a health care bill that helps Americans.
Nine Republicans voted against the first amendment - to repeal and replace Obamacare - and it failed to pass.
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Ending Obamacare without a clear path forward and without a replacement on the table - sometimes referred to as "repeal and delay" - is not a popular proposal even among Republicans, and so Wednesday afternoon's vote is not expected to be successful.
Wednesday's defeat comes after the main Republican proposal to replace the ACA was defeated 43-57 on Tuesday night, falling far short of the 60 votes required for passage.
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.
The country's biggest organization of health plans is opposing the Senate Republicans' latest approach to scrapping the Obama health care law.
Sen. John McCain, battling brain cancer, has voted to move ahead on repealing the Obama health law. "I believe now we will, over the next week or two, come up with a plan that's going to be really, really wonderful for the American people".
Getting rid of the individual mandate with no other changes to the bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would leave 15 million more Americans without healthcare by 2026. "If we didn't proceed to a bill, the process would have ended - and the mess that is Obamacare would have remained in place", he said.