Senate health care debate: What are they they voting on?

Senate health care debate: What are they they voting on?

Senate health care debate: What are they they voting on?

This guarantee did not exist hours earlier, with House Republicans speculating that they would likely pass the Senate's repeal bill as early as Friday afternoon and send it to President Donald Trump to be signed into law. If he will be successful to get 50 votes then he can again send the bill to the White house conference to repeal and replace, where Republicans would produce a larger repeal-and-replace measure later.

US Senate Republicans have unveiled the text of their latest alternative healthcare bill meant to repeal Obamacare, before starting a debate and voting that may extend into Friday.

Without the state waivers, the skinny repeal bill appears to be limited to eliminating Obamacare's individual mandate and its employer mandate and possibly defunding Planned Parenthood.

Senators voted 43-57 to reject a procedural hurdle for the measure that included the GOP repeal and a replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, as well as alternative proposals from GOP Sens.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he would vote in favor of the skinny repeal as a "vehicle to going to conference".

Republican Senators Collins, McCain, and Portman all voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement bill.

Democrats have said they have "hundreds" of amendments to offer and are preparing for a marathon.

Graham and other senators have used comments from House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who said a skinny repeal bill would never pass the House under his watch, to justify the risk involved.

After speaking to Pence and Graham for some time, McCain walked across the floor to tell Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senators Dick Durbin, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Dianne Feinstein that they had his vote.

Buoyed by a signal from House Speaker Paul Ryan, McConnell had introduced a pared-down health care bill late Thursday that he hoped would keep alive Republican ambitions to repeal "Obamacare".

If you've seen any political news this week, you're likely aware that the US Senate is holding a contentious round of votes in the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Senate was set to embark later on Thursday on a so-called vote-a-rama, a by-product of the special process under which the bill was brought up that avoids the need to win 60 votes in the 100-seat chamber for passage.

A straight-repeal effort was projected by the Congressional Budget Office to increase by 32 million the number of uninsured Americans. That would give Republican Senators a badly needed victory, at least for now. "The stated goal was to advance policies to lower premiums, but the "skinny" bill would do the exact opposite, harming patients across the country". John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to call for assurances from Ryan to secure a conference committee as the next step Thursday evening, shredding the skinny repeal bill and arguing it would not mark an improvement over current law.

McConnell said that "we'll find out what support it enjoys" among Democrats. In other words, anything capable of passing the Senate will probably not be capable of passing the House.

A Republican senator in a tough reelection state like Nevada's Dean Heller can say he wanted to open debate on Obamacare, while refusing to vote for the Obamacare alternatives that would have radically transformed Medicaid in his state.

"If there is no longer a requirement for everyone to purchase coverage, it is critical that any legislation include strong incentives for people to obtain health insurance and keep it year-round", the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said in a statement Wednesday.

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