Published: Fri, July 28, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

In Late Night Vote, Senate Shoots Down Better Care Reconciliation Act

In Late Night Vote, Senate Shoots Down Better Care Reconciliation Act

It is unclear what proposals the Republicans will bring to the floor for debate and vote. Even though most votes will require only 51 votes for passage, the 52-seat Republican majority is split on key health care issues, making various GOP proposals unable to win support.

McCain reportedly voted to begin debate, despite the fact that various analyses have estimated that some 24 million people would lose their health care coverage over the next decade if Republicans manage to push through some kind of bill to overturn ObamaCare. Rand Paul introduced the amendment - within two years, and come up with a replacement plan in the meantime.

The proposal the Senate shot down on Wednesday would have gutted the individual and employer mandates, end Medicaid expansion - one of the most contentious parts of the bill - and roll back numerous ACA's taxes.

Almost 100 people were arrested throughout the day as the Senate opened debate on the Republicans' plans to repeal and maybe replace Obamacare. "Either that bill passes or those senators (who vote against it) will be held responsible for preserving the Affordable Care Act in the minds of their Republican voters".

While about 20 million people gained health insurance coverage through Obamacare, Republicans say the law has driven up premiums and forced consumers to buy insurance they do not want and can not afford.

Mrs Murkowski was one of two Republicans earlier on Tuesday to vote against allowing the debate on healthcare legislation reform to go forward.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (3rd R) speaks at a press conference after voting on Capitol in Washington D.C., the United States, on July 25, 2017.

The Senate rejected a proposal from GOP lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Republican senator John McCain of Arizona returned to an ovation from his colleagues after being diagnosed with cancer last week.

The "skinny repeal" is a downsized version of previous legislation that would stop the ACA's individual mandate, which financially penalizes people who don't purchase health insurance.

Conservatives have embraced the effort to repeal the law without an immediate replacement. It's a process known in the Senate as "vote-a-rama".

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the proposal would result 32 million more uninsured over the next decade.

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