Senate Republicans’ controversial health care bill seems dead in the water. After struggling to repeal and replace Obamacare as part of their 7-year campaign, and failing to do so on Thursday, the status of the GOP healthcare bill remains unknown. This followed the disaster on Monday when both moderate and conservative Republicans pulled their support.
Is Trumpcare Finally Over?
After the revised health care act had failed to pass on Monday and Republicans struggled to salvage their efforts on Thursday. President Trump had scolded the failure on Wednesday and urged the senators to postpone their August recess until they find common ground. However, the late night emergency meeting seemed to yield no results.
Trump had previously declared he would let Obamacare fail but quickly changed his mind on the revival of the bill. Senators interviewed by the CNN Thursday evening declared they are unsure about the status of the bill. It seems no one knows if there is going to be another vote and, most importantly, what they will be voting for this time. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican declared:
I’m unclear, having heard the president and read his tweets, exactly which bill he wants to pass and whether he is for just repealing, or repealing and replacing – whether he’s for the Senate bill,
Dialogue on Healthcare Keeps Shifting
According to the CBO, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill would cut the health coverage of 22 million Americans by 2026. However, it looks like the Republicans keep pushing against the Affordable Healthcare Act. Trump tweeted on Tuesday that Republicans should simply repeal Obamacare without any replacement. CBO confirms that repealing parts of the Obamacare without replacements would leave another 32 million Americans uninsured by 2026. As of now, it looks like everyone is unclear on what they will be voting on. There is no consensus on either GOP healthcare bills.
Meanwhile, Sen. McCain’s cancer diagnosis is another blow to the Republican party, with a 52-48 majority that will make the fight for votes even more difficult.
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