The Senate will not vote on the latest GOP health care bill meant to replace Obamacare.
In a devastating blow to Republican efforts to repeal and replace The Affordable Care Act, Senate leaders have decided not to put up for a vote the Graham-Cassidy health care legislation.
The bill, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., was just the latest in a string of legislative efforts to finally repeal Obamacare, a promise the Republican Party has made since the passage of the heath care law in 2010.
Republicans had previously tried to pass health care reform over the summer, but failed to push through a “skinny” health care bill by just one vote.
Supporters of an Obamacare repeal began to feel optimistic as the Graham-Cassidy bill continued to pick up momentum among Senate Republicans.
Speaking to members of the media last week in New York, Trump said the Graham-Cassidy has a “very good chance” of passing the upper chamber.
“I think there’s tremendous support for it. I think it’s actually much better than the previous shot,” Trump said, referring to the past GOP health care bill that failed to clear the Senate.
However, things began to fall apart as various members of the GOP announced their opposition to the bill.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she was opposed. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for reasons almost opposite those of his moderate colleagues, announced he would not vote for the legislation unless major changes were made.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who had cast the deciding vote against the skinny repeal bill over the summer, sinking its passage, ultimately came out against the latest repeal effort as well.
Following a closed-door meeting Tuesday between GOP members, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed that there would be no vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill this week.
The need for the GOP to pass repeal this week was essential, due to congressional rules allowing the Senate to pass health care reform by a simple majority until Sept. 30.
With the Republican Party carrying a slim 52-46 majority in the upper chamber, it would be virtually impossible for GOP lawmakers to push through such controversial legislation requiring a 60-vote threshold.
During the news conference following the GOP meeting, McConnell vowed to keep pushing for health care reform. (For more from the author of “The Senate Will Not Vote on Latest Obamacare Repeal Bill” please click HERE)