US Senate rejects bill to repeal Obamacare, huge setback to President Donald Trump
Senate Republicans failed early Friday to repeal the law known as Obamacare Health, in a blow to President Donald Trump could end the Republican Party’s seven-year repealed Act on Affordable Care.
Three Republican Senators John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, crossed the lines of the party to join the Democrats in a dramatic 49 to 51 vote to kill the bill. The debate began shortly before 13:30 (05:30 GMT) on Friday morning.
Republican leaders decided to vote on a reduced proposal to repeal parts of Obamacare, known as the “thin bill” after failing to reach consensus on a more comprehensive measure after the US House of Representatives passed its bill on may.
“This is clearly a disappointing moment,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the vote.
“I think the Americans lament that we have not been able to find a better way forward,” he said.
Republicans have AGAINST OBAMACARE
Despite Senate, House and White House control, Republicans have struggled for months with the repeal of Obamacare, a complex law passed by Democrats in 2010 under President Barack Obama, which provides health insurance to millions of Americans Which had not yet received insurance.
Trump, who campaigned for the White House with the promise to repeal Obamacare, offered no legislation, and little guidance in the Senate, despite the fact that he held them back because of his inaction.
A media spokesman at the White House could not be reached immediately to comment on the failure of the bill.
Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate and 100 seats McConnell could not afford to lose the support of two Republican senators, with the same vote to be voted on by Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the Senate.
All eyes were on McCain, who flew to Arizona after being diagnosed with brain cancer to vote, and served with Collins, Murkowski and Senator Jeff Flake, also from Arizona.
Collins and Murkowski both voted against the more comprehensive republican proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare this week. Trump chose Murkowski for criticizing, saying on Twitter that she had abandoned the Republican Party and the country.
McCain had before him a report before the Pence vote and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. Graham had said Thursday that he had decided to vote for the bill after meager guarantees that House Speaker Paul Ryan would not become a law.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ERUPT AFTER THE VOTING DECISION ‘NO’
After talking to Pence and Graham for a while, McCain crossed the floor to tell Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and Senators Dick Durbin, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Dianne Feinstein that they had their vote. Feinstein kissed as he began the vote.
Allegories erupted in the Senate chamber while McCain launched what is supposed to be “no” decisive.
Following the failure of the bill, Schumer told the Senate that it was time to hear McCain’s appeal this week to return to a more transparent and bipartisan legislative process.