Senate GOP’s last ‘skinny’ try at Obamacare repeal fails; Alexander and Corker vote yes

Start of a Politico report:

The Senate Republicans’ push to dismantle Obamacare collapsed in dramatic fashion early Friday morning, when two centrist GOP women and Sen. John McCain of Arizona teamed to sink an already scaled-back effort to dismantle the 2010 health care law.

McCain and GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska sided with all 48 Democrats to reject the Republicans’ so-called skinny repeal plan, tanking the measure by a vote of 49-51. The Senate GOP had already pretty much shunned the proposal, viewing it mostly as a route to go into negotiations with the House.

Tennessee Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, who had split with each other and the GOP majority in a couple of earlier votes on different versions of health care legislation, were thus together in voting yes on the final attempt (just as they were on the first procedural vote to hold debate).

An Alexander statement via press release:

“I voted to take the next step toward what I believed was our best opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Senate’s failure to do this leaves an urgent problem that I am committed to addressing: Tennessee’s state insurance commissioner says our individual insurance market is very near collapse. Unless Congress acts, many of the 350,000 Tennesseans who buy health insurance in that market—songwriters, farmers, the self-employed—face the real prospect of having zero options to buy insurance in 2018 and 2019.”

A Corker statement via press release:

“My strong preference was for Congress to advance legislation I supported earlier this week to repeal Obamacare after a reasonable transition period,” said Corker. “I sincerely believed that was the best path forward and would have taken us back to a level playing field where, by a date certain, all sides would have had incentive to work together to develop a health care replacement that would generate broad support and stand the test of time. Unfortunately, that amendment failed to achieve the votes necessary to advance.”

“I am disappointed that the Senate failed this morning to advance legislation that would allow us to continue our work to repeal and replace Obamacare, which is driving up costs and limiting choices for families in Tennessee and across our country,” added Corker. “It is my hope that we will expeditiously move to a process that will generate an outcome that is better for the American people than what is in place today.”

3 Responses to Senate GOP’s last ‘skinny’ try at Obamacare repeal fails; Alexander and Corker vote yes

  • STUART I. ANDERSON says:

    We conservatives simply aren’t getting the job done. Our immediate goal is to make the Republican Party as reliably conservative as the Democratic Party is reliably liberal. In order to accomplish this we must replace the liberal and moderate Republican senators and congressmen we send to Washington from Tennessee and change our electoral law that make the replacement of incumbents so difficult.

    In 2018 we will have a chance to replace Bob Corker and it looks as though Diane Black who appears about to abandon her seat in Congress. We will also elect members of the Republican Executive Committee who will decide whether or not we will have the assistance of liberal Democrats in nominating Republican candidates. We need runoffs so incumbents don’t get re-elected with a minority of votes. There is much to do, but at the end of the day if the majority this is a democratic republic and if a majority of voters want to live in an uninteresting increasingly impoverished socialist country, that’s the way its going to be.

  • Brenda Miller says:

    The Republicans have lied to us again. The democrats, I hate to admit, are honest in what they want for this country. They want a socialistic healthcare system. The ACA was based on Republican Mitt Romneys healthcare law he put in place in Massachusetts. So this is what the Republicans have wanted all along. If we are going to maintain the the ACA than I will vote for democrats because at least they are honest. In keeping the ACA proves it really doesn’t matter who you vote for because the agenda is set. Vote every Republican out and give us what we deserve. As Jonathan Gruber stated the ACA passed because the people were stupid. He was right…we are stupid for trusting the Republicans.

  • Brenda Miller says:

    President Trump should not be viewed as a Republican. If there is one important thing Trump has accomplished it is exposing the Republican leadership’s true agenda. The conservatives within the Republican Party will need to split off and start a truly Conservative party. There is no working with the Republican Party as it exist today. this must happen in order to save this nation.

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