GOP Fails to Vote on Repeal Measure.
872 Efforts by Republican Senate leaders to repeal ObamaCare was met with strong opposition on Tuesday by members of their own party. There seems no clear path forward now.
President Donald Trump said perhaps the best thing do to is to let ObamaCare “fail” and start over again.
The plan would essentially repeal ObamaCare and replace it later—possibly leaving 23 million people without coverage.
The Senate is short of desperately needed Republican votes, including 3 women senators—Susan Collins (R-Maine), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
“I said back in January that if we’re going to do a repeal, there has to be a replacement. There’s enough chaos and uncertainty already,” Murkowski told reporters.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was one of the plan’s earliest critics. In a July 12 statement, he said:
"Now too many Republicans are falling all over themselves to stuff hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars into a bill that doesn’t repeal ObamaCare and feeds Big Insurance a huge bailout."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tried unsuccessfully to get Republicans on board even before the July 4th weekend, but vowed to get the job done.
According to a poll, 60% of Americans favor ObamaCare and 40% think it should be replaced. GOP leaders who have held town halls recently are getting plenty of complaints from constituents on their handling of the healthcare bill. Citizens are also voicing their discontent by bombarding senator’s offices.
Lawmakers running for re-election in 2018 have to consider voting for a bill that is unpopular with constituents, or they could be voted out. This is another reason some Republicans are refusing to vote.
“Most of us have held political office for a fair time now. We know how to explain our votes to our voters back home, to whom we are accountable. But if you don’t vote, nobody is accountable, and everybody can blame each other for the outcome,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) explained on the Senate floor Tuesday.
Those frustrated by Republicans’ inability to draft passable legislation say it’s time to move on to other issues like immigration and tax reform. Even President Trump indicated healthcare is a lower priority for him than tax reform.