The convoluted developments played out as a divided Senate debated legislation to repeal and replace Obama's Affordable Care Act.
He singles out Alaska Sen.
But when the critical moment arrived early Friday, it wasn't Moran's vote that made the difference.
"It's time to move on", he said. "We've tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them it's better than nothing, asking us to swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition", he said on Tuesday after voting to proceed on the legislation. John McCain has delivered an impassioned speech pleading for Republicans and Democrats to work together.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that at least one version of a Republican health care plan would result in the number of uninsured Americans rising by 22 million by 2026 ― a projection Republicans disputed.
Kansas' other senator, Republican Pat Roberts, has not wavered in his support of GOP efforts to repeal the ACA.
"The skinny bill as a replacement for Obamacare is a fraud". The "skinny repeal" bill sets the penalty at $0, effectively repealing the rule.
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Republicans will again try to repeal ObamaCare, and they will succeed only if Americans don't take the threat of tens of millions losing coverage just as seriously as they did this time.
By contrast, if the Senate rejects the "skinny repeal" gambit this week, the bipartisan process that McCain and various governors and members of Congress of both parties are advocating could finally commence. If leadership got more conservative, the odds are high that nothing would get through the Senate, health care or otherwise.
A Senate bill created to be a less ambitious version of ACA repeal and replace but would have risked worsening insurance market instability by eliminating the individual and employer mandate, failed to muster enough votes to pass in the early morning hours of Friday, according to a report by The Washington Post.
Later in the morning, Trump said that any future Obamacare repeal efforts should be passed with 51 votes, not 60, suggesting he doesn't agree that Democratic support is necessary. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. A conference report on a reconciliation bill (which the final health legislation would constitute) receives only ten hours of debate and - most important - is not open for amendment.
McConnell put the health bill on hold and announced that the Senate would move onto other legislation next week.
"I'd rather get out of the way and let it collapse than have a half-ass approach where it is now our problem", Graham said.