Repubs Got Hit With Major Loss As The Senate Just Rejected ‘Repeal-Only’ Obamacare Plan
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) came up with a ridiculous plan to repeal Obamacare with no bill to replace it, but on Wednesday the Senate voted and rejected the proposal.
Senators voted 55-45 against an amendment from Paul that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and give lawmakers two years to come up with a replacement.
All Democratic Senators were on the same page and were joined by GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Rob Portman (Ohio).
This is the second loss Republicans take in less than 24 hours, as it was the second healthcare plan rejected after the Senate voted down a separate repeal-and-replace amendment on Tuesday night.
“Republicans promised to repeal ObamaCare, and as we move forward in this process, I urge them to join me in supporting a clean repeal of as much of this disastrous law as possible,” Paul said ahead of the vote.
FreedomWorks, a conservative outside group, argued ahead of the Wednesday vote that Donald Trump would sign a repeal-only bill.
“For more than seven years, Republicans successfully campaigned on ObamaCare repeal. … Grassroots conservative activists are not going to accept excuses if Republicans fail to pass a bill that they have passed once before,” the group said in a notice to members.
McConnell said that while the proposal failed, it “represented a number of important healthcare reform ideas developed by our members.”
He then said on Wednesday that it “certainly won’t be easy” to get either an ObamaCare repeal, or an ObamaCare repeal and replace bill, through the Senate,
“We’ll consider many different proposals throughout this process from senators on both sides of the aisle. Ultimately, we want to get legislation to finally end the failed ObamaCare status quo through Congress and to the president’s desk for his signature,” he said Wednesday morning.