Senate considers "skinny repeal" of Obamacare

Senate considers

The result frustrated other GOP senators, some of whom expressed disbelief that their colleagues would flip-flop on legislation they had voted for only two years ago and long promised to voters. Instead, they are demanding House-Senate talks aimed at producing a wider-ranging measure. Graham said he anxious about rumors that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who has been recovering from a gunshot wound but was released from the hospital this week, was considering bringing the narrow repeal bill up for a vote as is. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive "yes" vote. "We're just watching the drama unfold, and when they actually finally vote on something they can get out of there, then we'll react to it", Cole said.

"I feel comfortable personally".

"We don't have it, it's like pornography you'll know it when you see it", he said.

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"He's a hero, he's a hero of mine", Schumer told reporters after the vote.

The bipartisan plea comes just hours after the Congressional Budget Office scored the "skinny" repeal legislation, which validate all of these concerns. It would package repeal of a few of the most unpopular pieces of the 2010 law, along with a few other measures, with the goal of getting something, anything, out of the Senate. The House has passed legislation already. They need some sort of bill to pass in the Senate so as to go into conference to begin the process of smoothing out differences between that bill and the American Health Care Act which passed in the House back in May.

Ahead of Thursday's late-night vote, Mr Trump had urged Republicans to "get there after waiting seven years" and "give America great healthcare".

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There was no immediate response from Graham, McCain or Johnson. Lindsey Graham of SC. These measures aren't complex, and using reconciliation to pass them would preclude any possibility of a filibuster. "The Speaker controls the floor".

Late Tuesday, the Senate voted 57-43 to block a wide-ranging proposal by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell replacing Obama's law with a far more restrictive GOP substitute. He said he would only vote for the bill if he receives assurances from the House that a better bill will be hashed out in conference.

But leaders were encountering problems. It appears the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, agrees. It calls for eliminating the individual and employer mandate, as well as the tax on medical device makers.

This is a Republican amendment but it's really a record to get Democrats on the record for or against a "single payer" health care plan. John Kasich of Ohio, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Larry Hogan of Maryland and Phil Scott of Vermont.

Paul argued that there is "probably nobody in Congress more for repealing and replacing all of Obamacare" than he is, while promising to stay true to his campaign promise of a full repeal.

Meanwhile, the House has advised lawmakers not to make any plans to leave Washington until it's clear what the Senate will do.

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans voted to advance to a floor debate on health care in a narrow 51-50 vote with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie.