Republican leadership announced that they would not be holding a vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, the party’s latest attempt to get rid of Obamacare as the law of the land, after Senator Susan Collins announced on Monday that she would not be voting for the bill. She joined Senators Rand Paul and John McCain in opposing the bill, leaving Republicans one vote short of the 50 votes they needed in order to pass the bill.
“Why have a vote if you know what the outcome is and it’s not what you want,” said GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama. “I don’t know what you gain from that. But I do believe that the health care issue is not dead, and that’s what counts.”
BREAKING: Republicans on Graham-Cassidy health care bill: “We don’t have the votes.” https://t.co/LHqq2AujL8
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the party would not be giving up on health care reform but that they would be moving forward toward another legislative agenda, tackling tax reform instead.
“We haven’t given up on changing the American health-care system … We’re not going to do it this week, but it still lies ahead of us. We haven’t given up on that,” McConnell said Tuesday afternoon. “Where we go from here is tax reform.”
However, despite the fact that repeal and replace efforts have now been killed several times, defenders of Obamacare are still wary of relaxing, considering how many times Republicans have tried to gut Obamacare.
“We are not out of the woods yet by any means,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking Democratic member of the Senate HELP committee. “And until Trumpcare is finally set aside, we will not stop fighting, because this last version was the worst one yet.”
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