Republicans Have Failed To Repeal Obamacare. How Did We Get Here?

U.S. Senate narrowly votes to proceed on healthcare with boost from McCainMore

They would then present it to the House and Senate for final votes later in September, with limited debate and no amendments allowed - and with GOP leaders applying maximum pressure on Republican senators and House members to fall in line.

Brady chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

It will also be a let-down for financial markets, which expected Trump to make rapid changes to healthcare, taxes and infrastructure spending.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), told The Hill, "We need to find the areas of agreement, and it starts with: agree on the facts, lay out the reality, do the root cause analysis".

Sen. John McCain, battling brain cancer, has voted to move ahead on repealing the Obama health law.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in a statement earlier on Thursday, expressed his willingness to negotiate with the Senate on drafting a bill that could be signed by Trump, reports Efe news.

Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY extended an olive branch in advance of the contentious decision by GOP leaders Tuesday to rush some version of a Republican-only health care bill through the Senate this week. They say that was a protective move to give themselves flexibility, but it spooked senators and others that the House would try to move the Senate bill for a quick vote. Instead, House and Senate GOP leaders (and those they would hand-pick) would meet in secret to craft a new repeal-and-replace bill, without hearings, and without making the drafts of their legislation available for public scrutiny and review by health care experts. An affirmative vote would have sent the bill back to the U.S. House of Representatives before it reached President Donald Trump.

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The task of replacing Obamacare could have been bipartisan, but the task of repealing it had to be done by the Republican Party alone.

The vote in the wee hours of Friday morning was the final result of a secretive and chaotic process.

It was not immediately clear what the next steps are to be for the Republicans. That is four-fifths of the 20 million who gained health insurance under the A.C.A.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), a member of the Senate leadership, said he would be "fine" if "skinny repeal" become law. McConnell's careful maneuvering, and the promise that the coolly received "skinny" bill would be reworked in House conference, didn't sway McCain or fellow GOP Sens. The defeat early Thursday morning of the health care bill, Brooks said, is potentially "a killer" for the rest of the Trump agenda. "Our regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time", McConnell added.

McCain did not announce in advance whether he would support Tuesday's "motion to proceed", but he marched onto the floor to a standing ovation from his colleagues and voted "aye".

"From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people".

Although the legislation had support from 49 Republicans, all 48 Democrats voted against the bill.

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