US Republicans failed spectacularly Friday in their latest effort to dismantle Obamacare, leaving the party in stunned disarray and President Donald Trump's dreams of repealing his predecessor's health reforms on ice.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may attempt to move forward what senators have referred to as "skinny" repeal. Once the Senate passes a bill, in other words, there is literally nothing it can do to tie the hands of the House or the president.
Additionally it would have denied funding to Planned Parenthood for a year, and suspended for three years a tax on medical device manufacturers.
Conference members would merge the legislation with the more-comprehensive House-passed American Health Care Act, which the Congressional Budget Office found would leave 23 million Americans without health coverage.
"I think everybody in there, maybe except for one senator, promised their supporters, their voters that they supported repeal of Obamacare", Sen.
But it also included an overture to Senate conservatives, a measure championed by Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, that would allow insurance companies to sell stripped down, low-priced insurance plans as long as they also offer insurance policies that comply with federal standards, including the requirement that plans cover "essential" services like maternity care, mental health treatment and prescription drugs.
No final legislation has been released, and the Senate parliamentarian was reviewing an earlier version of the Senate repeal-and-replace bill that has already failed to advance on the Senate floor.
Other Republicans who voted against the bill were Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.More news: OJ Simpson could soon walk free as he faces Nevada parole board
During a rally in OH on Tuesday night, President Trump issued a warning to Republicans who were on the fence about repealing ObamaCare. That would give Republican Senators a badly needed victory, at least for now.
The state waivers would have built on an existing Obamacare program that allows states to pursue their own health care plans.
Here's the problem: the Whip in the House is suggesting to some that what ever we send becomes the final product, there will be no conference.
"I'm very anxious about it and I would be anxious about the product", added Republican Sen. The bill would repeal key portions of the ACA, including the "individual mandate" that requires Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. Remember, so many people who are in the Senate on the Republican side ran for re-election and said, you know, if I get the chance, I will vote to repeal it, and yesterday they got their chance.
The bill is nowhere near as extensive as the full-repeal plan or the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).
The bill the House passed in May would let insurers levy a 30 percent surcharge on those who let their coverage lapse but then seek to sign up for new policies.
Republican Sen. John McCain, recovering from blood clot surgery and a diagnosis of brain cancer, dramatically returned from Arizona to vote for charging ahead even though he said he could not support the repeal and replace bill offered by the House.