Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill Fails to Reach Senate Vote

Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill Fails to Reach Senate Vote

Ronald Pratt
September 28, 2017

Although Senators Graham and Cassidy said they would press ahead with the legislation, there were doubts whether the party leadership in the Senate would bring it to vote, given the near-certain defeat of the measure. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) gained steam, yet struggled to pick up the final handful of votes needed for Senate Republicans to pass Obamacare repeal with a simple majority.

Sen. Tim Scott said: "It's obvious - we don't have the votes right now, you don't vote until you have them".

The decision was announced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a lunch with fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill, conceding that they didn't have enough votes.

With her rejection on Monday, Collins became the third Republican lawmaker to break party rank on the bill to reform the health care law enacted under former president Barack Obama. John McCain and Rand Paul.

Republicans were facing a September 30 deadline to be able to pass a repeal bill by a simple majority.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday said he's "disappointed" the U.S. Senate won't be voting on the latest health care bill to replace Obamacare.

A major concern for conservatives is that the bill would have left most Affordable Care Act regulations in place, though states could choose to opt out of them.

"We will have the votes for Healthcare but not for the reconciliation deadline of Friday, after which we need 60".

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"We are not out of the woods yet by any means", said Sen.

"At some point there will be a repeal and replace but we'll see whether or not that point is now or whether it will be shortly thereafter", Trump said. Republicans could only afford two defections, assuming all Democrats were going to oppose the legislation proposed by Sens.

Sen. Graham then revealed that Republicans will try to repeal Obamacare after they pass a tax reform package.

"Instead of trying to cut health care, we Democrats are ready, willing and eager to work to improve our health care system", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate. Lindsey Graham of SC said the GOP fight to erase President Barack Obama's 2010 health care overhaul would continue.

In an exclusive interview with Vox, Schatz said he is preparing a new bill "that could grant more Americans the opportunity to enroll in Medicaid by giving states the option to offer a "buy-in" to the government program on Obamacare's exchanges".

"We're coming back to this after taxes", Mr.

The issue of health care reform in the United States has been the subject of political debate since the early part of the 20th century.

He called the vote postponement a "disappointment": "To those who will celebrate the fact that we won't have that vote just yet, think of those families of three making 401 percent of federal poverty level, those states, and those patients in those non- expansion states".