Senate Democrats unanimously refused to support a Medicare-for-all health care bill on Thursday, with five voting “no” and 43 voting “present.”
Next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) is planning to begin a motion for debate to repeal Obamacare only, after the Senate’s replacement bill could not gain enough votes to pass. Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, warns that lawmakers should keep their promise to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare with market-based solutions.
President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that Republicans “must keep their promise” to repeal Obamacare and hit Democrats for screaming “death” in their criticism of GOP efforts.
According to Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Democrats are responsible for the failure this week of Senate health care reform.
The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the Senate Republican replacement to the Affordable Care Act, is estimated to reduce the deficit by $321 billion from 2017 to 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the legislation.