Ryan assures Republican senators House will not pass 'skinny' Obamacare repeal

Posted July 28, 2017

A conservative-backed plan to repeal the bulk of ObamaCare and give lawmakers a two-year window to replace the struggling health law failed on a Senate vote Wednesday, in the latest setback for the repeal push.

All but Sen. Collins of ME voted "Yes" on an nearly identical bill in 2015, when Republicans voted 52-47 to repeal ObamaCare because they knew it would be vetoed by Barack Obama.

Senate Republicans are finally voting to repeal Obamacare.

"This is clearly a disappointing moment", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor after the vote.

Republican senators have been deliberating on the amendments to reach an ultimate deal on health care reform and dismantle Obamacare.

The Congressional Budget Office said last week that the repeal-only legislation would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 17 million next year and by 32 million in 2026 compared with current law. If he will be successful to get 50 votes then he can again send the bill to the White house conference to repeal and replace, where Republicans would produce a larger repeal-and-replace measure later.

"This is a mechanism to get to conference", said Republican Sen.

The eight-page skinny bill was released by the Senate Budget Committee at about 10 p.m. (0200 GMT) on Thursday evening and a vote is expected to begin around 12 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Friday.

But it got only 43 votes, demonstrating that even after weeks of refining the legislation, Senate leaders still fell far short of enough support for their replacement plan, from both ends of the party's ideological spectrum.

Trump has been pushing lawmakers to deliver on their promises to repeal and replace.

But it appears that, ultimately, the unconventional process that led to the legislations' consideration-the bills were essentially written on the fly, and the "skinny" repeal was being worked on into Thursday night-galvanized his opposition.

Udall said he found just one consistency in the Republican efforts to repeal the nation's health care plan:.

With members divided, Republicans may now move to attempt to pass what's being referred to as "skinny" repeal.

Protesters temporarily disrupted the Senate proceedings on the health care bill. "This is not meant to be the final product". The individual and employer mandates would be repealed, the Medicaid expansion and the health care subsidies would be ended, and numerous law's taxes would be rolled back.

Ryan's spokesperson, AshLee Strong, told reporters a conference committee is only one of the options under consideration in the House, .

She and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) were the sole Republicans who voted against the motion to proceed.

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"The reality is that it was a hard conversation...what I have told the president since he was elected was I'm here to help the people of Alaska", said Murkowski. Graham said he anxious about rumors that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who has been recovering from a gunshot wound but was released from the hospital this week, was considering bringing the narrow repeal bill up for a vote as is.

Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, also criticized the scaled-down Senate bill, telling CNN the strategy he favors is putting leaders of both chambers together and having them decide what framework for a health care overhaul can actually make it through both the House and Senate.