Republicans scrapping health care vote - again

GOP Health Care Bill Dealt New Blow By Sen. Rand Paul

Earlier in the day, McConnell hinted there might not be a vote, saying from the Senate floor that debate on a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would continue, but he did not commit to a vote. They pushed Congress to go beyond it to repeal all of Obamacare, even though doing so would require Senate Republicans to rewrite the precedents governing the reconciliation process so they could strike down Obamacare in one fell swoop. While many Americans like the idea of Obamacare, the majority don't want to pay higher taxes to keep it going. But the attempt at concealment backfired.

On the other side of Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan did not bring up health care during a news conference and instead focused on something else. Then who gets blamed?

Protestors filled the hallways outside the hearing room, snaking around the corner and down the length of a city block.

The Graham-Cassidy health care bill will be devastating for Idaho Medicaid and rural communities, writes Amy Benson. "But if that's not the case, I agree with Sen".

He should be. It's a sorry process.

Trump's comments came shortly before Republican senators were set to begin a lunch where they are expected to decide whether to proceed with a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill, despite expectations it would fail.

Most Republicans in the Senate support the Graham-Cassidy bill, named for two of its sponsors, arguing that the ACA (commonly called Obamacare) is failing and causing insurance premiums to skyrocket.

Momentum for the bill sputtered Monday morning even after a new version was released by authors Sens. "But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign".

Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, stated a few days ago that there are 10 reasons to vote against this new bill.

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Now this sorry process is heading to a sorry end.

In choosing whether to hold the roll call, McConnell had to pick between some Republicans arguing that lawmakers can't be seen as abandoning a pledge that Trump and countless GOP have run on, and others challenging the value of shining a fresh spotlight on their inability to pass the bill. Rand Paul as firm "no" votes on Graham-Cassidy.

A sure sign of trouble - ever more extravagant vote-buying. It repeals the Medicaid expansion that provided health insurance to 11 million people under Obamacare. Back in the spring, Sen.

According to the Examiner, the score estimates whether the Graham-Cassidy bill would reduce budget deficits by at least as much as was estimated for Obamacare, whether it meets reconciliation rules that allow it to be passed with a simple majority, and whether the bill would hike budget deficits in the long term.

"There is a lot of special treatment for Alaska", said Timothy Jost, professor emeritus at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

His comments came minutes before Maine Republican Susan Collins declared her firm opposition to the legislation, seemingly providing a deathblow to the effort.

Pre-existing conditions might or might not be covered.

On Monday afternoon, Republicans reaped the chaos they sowed.

Once the hearing began, protestors maintained their chants in the hallway outside, their voices seeping through the doors. "Shame!" As cops strapped demonstrators to chairs and pushed them to elevators, protesters (181 of whom were arrested) screamed: "Kill the bill!"

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