Senate Announces Unexpected News About Obamacare Vote

September 26, 2017Sep 26, 2017

It has been reported that Senate Republicans have pulled their last Obamacare repeal bill before the vote. The decision was made on Tuesday, at the very end of a last-ditch attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) had been pushing for a 'yes' vote on their legislation that would block-grant federal funds to individual states. They claimed that theirs was a full-fledged repeal and replace bill, and earned the support of Republican leadership in the Senate, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). 

However, leadership was forced to pull the vote after it became evident that there wouldn't be enough support for it. For a variety of reasons, several Republicans in the Senate weren't supporting the bill. These Republicans included Rand Paul of Kentucky, John McCain of Arizona, and Susan Collins of Maine, who all formally announced their positions in opposition to the bill. 

On the one hand, McCain, a moderate, bemoaned the rushed process for moving a partisan bill. On this subject, McCain was in agreement with Senate Democrats, who urged Republicans to abandon their repeal effort and instead work with them to "improve" Obamacare. On the other hand, Paul, a conservative, claimed that the plan retained too much of Obamacare. A number of other wary Republicans hadn't yet endorsed the bill, and it was likely that several of them would later express that they would not vote yes on the repeal.

"We don't have the votes," said Cassidy, according to The Daily Beast. "We made the decision that because we don't have the votes, we will postpone the vote."

According to Politico, the bill would have transformed Obamacare funding into block grants for individual states. It also would have made profound cuts to Medicaid and allowed states to roll over insurance regulations, in order to cut down costs. It is likely that Republicans in the Senate will put together another repeal bill, in hopes of getting enough Republican support to pass something.

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