For seven years, Republicans have threatened to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's landmark achievement: the Affordable Care Act - aka Obamacare - a system that has given health care to millions of Americans.
The day following the defeat of the latest attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Republicans predictably expressed disappointment, Democrats relief, and both sides uncertainty over what, exactly, comes next. Every time an Obamacare repeal measure has failed in the Senate over the past several weeks, it's been because some Republican lawmakers have also cast votes against it.
Trump also used Twitter on Saturday morning to blast the Senate rules that require 60 votes to overcome a legislative filibuster after Senate Republicans failed to pass a "skinny" version of its health care plan. The rest picked Senate Democrats and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as Sens.
The president appeared to be referring to a part of the 2010 health care law that shifted members of Congress and many staffers out of the normal health-benefits plan for federal employees and into the new Obamacare insurance exchanges.
"Three Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down".
Buoyed by a signal from House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. "They look like fools and are just wasting time." he said.
When asked what they think Congress should do next, most Americans picked other priorities such as tax reform, foreign relations and infrastructure. He emerged from his talks with Pence at 1:29 a.m., approached the Senate clerk and gave a thumbs-down -joining Murkowski and Sen. "Yet President Trump is expecting it to implode on its own and all the more reason to repeal it now and replace it with something "better". "He is a war hero because he was captured", Trump said in a question-and-answer session in Iowa.
Early Saturday morning, the president berated his fellow party members and laid into the upper house's filibuster rule, saying it is "killing" the GOP's ability to push through laws. The bill would have decimated funding for the social health care program Medicaid, which is the country's largest payer for mental health services and is particularly important for low-income people. "Maybe this can be a moment where we start doing that", said Schumer.
The vote failed, with 49 voting in favor and 51 voting against. "I will continue to work with President Trump and his team to move the idea forward.", Graham said on Friday.
The Republican leadership had been trying to pass the bill by using the budget reconciliation process, which allows legislation to pass with a simple majority if it meets certain requirements, including reducing the budget deficit. Since Republicans built their political success on destroying the signature accomplishment of Democrats, not fixing the details of it, Democrats held firm in offering nothing, leaving Republicans alone to do what they promised. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., a centrist facing re-election, said he met Wednesday night with 10 other senators and "we're going to keep talking".