But Republican leaders announced Tuesday they would not call the repeal bill for a vote because it didn't have the support needed to pass.
But Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, a co-sponsor of the bill, pledged that Republicans would not give up on the measure entirely. Previously, John McCain and Rand Paul voiced their opposition to the bill, neutralizing the Republicans' two-seat majority in the 100-seat Senate.
Sources told The Liberal Advocate News that Republicans chose to abandon the repeal and replace effort during their caucus meeting Tuesday after it became clear they did not have the votes needed to pass it.
The retreat left the GOP's next steps on health care unclear, especially with a president who in recent weeks has reached out to congressional Democratic leaders on high-agenda items like the budget and immigration.
Trump's attack was the latest instance in which he's derided fellow Republicans during this year's up-and-mostly-down GOP drive to deliver on their pledge to demolish President Barack Obama's health care law.
"One of the problems with the Affordable Care Act is that it was pushed through without a single Republican vote".
"Finally, we truly appreciate the leadership and assistance shown by Leader McConnell and his leadership team, the President and Vice President". During a closed-door party meeting to discuss their terms of surrender, he told fellow Republicans that Sen.
The Senate has now made a decision to move on to tax reform and experts have pointed out that the likelihood of another Republican-only attempt to repeal Obamacare looks rare until 2018, an election year.
HELP is the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, which launched bipartisan hearings early this month, in which state insurance commissioners spoke of fixes to the Affordable Care Act. Sen. McConnell, according to one senior GOP aide, gave Graham his commitment that there would be another chance to push for the bill after the chamber completes its work on tax reform, the next major agenda item for Republicans. Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate. "We haven't given up on that", McConnell said Tuesday afternoon.
"Health care, as far as I am concerned, is over", Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, one of the co-authors of the bill, at a press conference following a closed-door Senate GOP Conference lunch.
"We're coming back to this after taxes", Mr.
He and other Democrats called on Republicans to join a bipartisan effort aimed at buttressing Obama's law and stabilizing individual health care markets.
What does Trump say about all this? Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House minority leader Nancy pelosi (D-CA) to raise the debt ceiling and government spending.