As the debate moves forward, the Senate's skinny repeal could be completely rewritten through the amendment process - and that is likely to play out over the next week, says Davis. This afternoon brought us Strike Two. On Wednesday, a vote is scheduled for the Senate's repeal-only bill, which should shed some light on who wouldn't be swayed by that option. In all, seven Senate Republicans - Collins, Heller, Murkowski, Alexander, Capito, McCain, and Portman - broke ranks and opposed the legislation, which garnered 55 "no" votes.
Emily R. Gee is the health economist for the Health Policy team at the Center for American Progress. Seven Republicans rejected a measure repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act without replacement on Wednesday; the 45-55 defeat signaled that a "clean repeal" bill can not get through Congress.
In fact, before we move on, let's pause to note how unbelievable these circumstances are. Rand Paul would have, in two years, repealed the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion and eliminated tax credits that help people purchase individual health insurance.
Democrats will want to inflict as much pain as possible on Republicans and force them to take as many damaging political votes as they can. The Wisconsin Republican's "yes" vote came moments after Sen. Gardner voted "yes." Such a vote is reckless indeed, as who can trust that our gridlock-prone Congress is up to the task of replacing Obamacare with reasonable reform. Over the next few days, senators will introduce amendments changing the House version and decide the final text of a bill they will vote on and try to pass. That's expected to begin in earnest tomorrow. Throughout the health care debate, Republican leadership has faced disagreement from both moderate and conservative members about how to proceed. They may also consider a version of their earlier bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, which would also repeal the individual mandate.
Along with Manchin, every other Senate Democrat and nine Republicans voted down the BCRA on Tuesday night.
The Senate is moving ahead with its efforts to overhaul the USA healthcare system, in what is shaping up to be a more moderate, "skinnier" attempt at repealing certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act. They were joined by Republicans Heller, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, John McCain of Arizona, Rob Portman of OH and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. For Democrats, this offers a clear opportunity to force their Republican counterparts to take stands on issues that might make them extremely unpopular with their constituencies, and it can hold up the whole process quite a bit - especially when individuals like Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy already have 100 amendments drawn up to throw into this process. I mean, I know Susan Collins of Maine, one of the women senators, had said, you know, she objects to the fact that the bill would defund Planned Parenthood, and that was a deal killer for her.
Michelle Batchelor, deputy director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, told the AFRO the Senate's rejection of the "Better Care Reconciliation" bill is fine but any Republican legislation isn't good.