GOP abandons latest effort to repeal Obamacare; turns attention to tax reform

WASHINGTON-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican lawmakers there will not be a vote on Graham-Cassidy health care legislation, according to a source in the room, a GOP aide and a source familiar with the matter.

The Kentucky Republican said the Senate Budget Committee would hold a mark-up of the fiscal 2018 budget resolution next week, the first step in the budget reconciliation process - the same one used for the failed health care attempt - that will allow Republicans to try to advance a tax bill with only a simple majority of support.

Commenters were largely divided over whether Congress should pass Graham-Cassidy.

Due to their narrow majority and unified Democratic opposition, Republicans can lose just two GOP votes and still push the legislation through the Senate. After that, the Senate will need 60 votes to advance any bill.

Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona opposed the bill, as well. Bill Cassidy, of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham, of SC.

The bill would have ended Obamacare subsidies and replaced them with block grants, and would also have ended the ACA's individual mandate and Medicaid expansion.

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Many Republican senators will likely vote against any bill they see as preserving Obamacare, and Ryan told senators last week he would refuse to put such a bill forward in the House for a vote.

Why would we support a proposal rewriting the Affordable Health Care Act before the Congressional Budget Office has even been given time to review, analyze and describe the impact the plan will have on Americans' health and the federal budget? "Unfortunately, it has already been shown that there are not the votes in the Senate for passage of full repeal". "Do not be celebrating losing an opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare, because it's collapsing". He expressed disappointment in "so-called Republicans" who swayed the vote from majority rule. Others felt Congress needed to have more discussion on a universal health care system. "We are not going to be able to do that this week".

Their talks broke down as Republican leader pushed for a vote on Graham-Cassidy, but Murray said she is ready to resume them on a moment's notice. They were unsuccessful, however - Senators announced Tuesday they would withdraw a scheduled vote on the bill, effectively killing it. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the GOP fight to erase President Barack Obama's 2010 health care overhaul would continue.

Cassidy also said during the debate that he had sought Democratic co-sponsors for his bill, but couldn't find any. This was a major priority for Republicans, who argue that silver plans are too expensive and unnecessary for some (particularly healthy and young) people.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, speaking on the Senate floor earlier Tuesday, said Democrats would work with their Republican colleagues to fix the health care law.

It would make sweeping changes and cuts to Medicaid, with experts projecting a staggering $1 trillion plus in cuts between 2020 and 2036 to the federal health program for the poor and the disabled, which has been expanded under Obamacare.


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