Here's how the Senate health care vote went down overnight

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 29, 2017

Avik Roy, the so-called health care guru of American conservatives, wrote Friday morning in an op-ed that the "proximate reason" the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare failed was because Collins, Murkowski and McCain voted against it. Roy argued that moderate and conservative Republicans will have to come together if they ever wish to take down the current health care system.

From Friday's early-morning flop of the skinny repeal, Tankersley highlights Sen.

John McCain seemed poised to be the savior of the GOP health bill when he returned to the Capitol despite a brain cancer diagnosis.

"Let's get this over with", he told the Democrats, according to senators who spoke with Politico.

Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican and vocal champion for Obamacare repeal, said it "would be hard" for House leaders to get the votes to appropriate the payments. Conservative lawmakers want to gut as much as possible of Obamacare, while more moderate Republicans are anxious that such changes could affect health insurance coverage for millions of poorer Americans.

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, on Friday praised the House for passing a health care measure in early May, but said, "I am disappointed and frustrated, but we should not give up", and he urged the Senate to keep working toward a solution.

Advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a pared down health care repeal was rejected by the U.S. Senate, but they say that threats to disability services remain.

McCain walked over to the Senate clerk, not far from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KU), gave a thumbs down, and said "no". "I think we can take a little bit of time to protect the American people".

"We know that the threats to Medicaid and health care are not over", said Alison Barkoff, director of advocacy at the Center for Public Representation. And votes in the clubby confines of the Senate simply don't amount to heroism.

"We look forward to our colleagues on the other side suggesting what they have in mind", McConnell said in the statement. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, warned of potentially severe political consequences for Republicans for failing to deliver on what has been the GOP's unifying campaign pledge for the previous three elections.

McConnell put the health bill on hold and said the Senate would move on to other legislation next week, the Associated Press reported.

There are deep divisions within the House Republican Conference about what comes next. It would have eliminated the individual and employer mandate and key taxes, defunded Planned Parenthood for a year and eliminated key protections of health benefits that were required under Obamacare. Instead, they wanted the Senate to pass it in order to advance the legislation to a third round of negotiations with the House to try to craft a final bill both chambers could pass. "The vote last night presents the Senate with an opportunity to start fresh". And he clearly concluded the more honorable thing was to vote against the highly unpopular repeal plan. Any casual observer can see the marks of torture in McCain's gait and the loss of mobility in his arms. Had McCain voted with the Republicans, creating a 50-50 tie, Pence would have cast the deciding vote.

All Democrats were joined by senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and the ailing John McCain. But shortly afterward, his words received varied responses from three GOP senators who'd insisted on a clear commitment from Ryan. "As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal". After all, Trump's comments about the former prisoner of war were among the earliest to land the then-candidate in controversy.

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