aside Republicans Have Failed To Pass The “Skinny” Healthcare Plan 49-51

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Thank you to all those who called and /or somehow contacted our republican US senators as they were making their last ditch effort to pass the so-called “Skinny” healthcare plan which failed in the wee hours of July 28, 2017. This time Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the maverick came through for us along with the Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Please send them a thank-you note.

Senator John McCain

218 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
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Senator Lisa Murkowski

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Senator Susan Collins
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Here’s the rest of the story…

On July 28, 2017, Juliet Eilperin, Sean Sullivan and Kelsey Snell of the Washington Post penned the following news item, “Senate rejects measure to partly repeal Affordable Care Act, dealing GOP leaders a major setback.”


“Senate Republicans suffered a dramatic failure early Friday (7/28/17) in their bid to advance a scaled-back plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, throwing into question whether they can actually repeal the 2010 health law.”

“Their latest effort to redraw the ACA failed after Sen. John McCain’s decision to side with two other Republicans against President Trump and GOP leaders. The Arizona Republican, diagnosed with brain cancer last week, returned to Washington on Tuesday and delivered a stirring address calling for a bipartisan approach to overhauling the ACA, while criticizing the process that produced the current legislation.”

“It was a speech that laid the groundwork for Friday’s dramatic vote.”

Image result for photos of senators mccain collins murkowski“The vote was 49 to 51 — all 48 members of the Democratic caucus joined with McCain and Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to block the legislation.”

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had hoped to approve the new, narrower rewrite of the health law at some point Friday, after facing dozens of amendments from Democrats. But the GOP defections left McConnell without a clear path forward.”

“Our only regret is that we didn’t achieve what we hoped to accomplish,” McConnell said after the failed vote. In a dejected tone, he pulled the entire legislation from consideration and set up votes on nominations that will begin Monday.”

“Our only regret is that we didn’t achieve what we hoped to accomplish,” McConnell said after the failed vote. In a dejected tone, he pulled the entire legislation from consideration and set up votes on nominations that will begin Monday.”

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“It is time to move on,” McConnell said, culminating a nearly 75-minute set of roll calls. In a last-minute rescue bid, Vice President Pence — there to be the tie-breaking vote if needed — stood at McCain’s desk for 21 minutes cajoling the senator to no avail.”

“McCain and Pence then walked to the Republican cloak room to confer in private and later to the lobby off the Senate chamber. When McCain returned — without Pence — he stopped in the well of the chamber, cast his “no” vote — sparking stunned gasps and some applause — and returned to his seat.”

“McConnell and his leadership deputies stood watching, grim-faced and despondent.”

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“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people,” McCain said in a statement explaining his vote. “We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”

“Trump responded to the news in a late-night tweet: “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”

“But McConnell’s closed-door negotiations ended in gridlock, leaving him to pull together this “skinny” repeal of the ACA, just to keep alive the possibility of negotiations with the House to come up with a different plan later this summer.”

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“Many conservatives in both chambers objected to the measure because they said it wouldn’t go far enough in repealing the ACA.”

“For instance, the expansion of federal funding to use Medicaid to provide insurance to about 14 million Americans was left intact, a major victory for a half-dozen Senate Republicans from states that accepted the additional money. Governors, under the new Senate proposal, would have more leeway in how they can spend Medicaid funding overall.”

“Major insurers warned that the proposal could destabilize the individual insurance market. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association criticized it on Wednesday, and on Thursday the industry’s largest trade group suggested it was unacceptable.”

“We would oppose an approach that eliminates the individual coverage requirement, does not offer continuous coverage solutions, and does not include measures to immediately stabilize the individual market,” America’s Health Insurance Plans wrote in a letter to Senate leaders.”

“Senate Republicans, however, framed the bill as just a vehicle to keep alive their ACA repeal efforts.”

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“My sense is people aren’t so much focused on the substance as they are this being the lifeline to get to a conference and expanding the bill,” said Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.).”

“Before Ryan issued his statement, the prospect of an immediate up-or-down vote in the House raised alarms in the Senate. House Republican leaders instructed their members not to leave town for their month-long summer recess just yet.”

“Key House conservatives said they would not back a skinny repeal in its current form. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said that he wouldn’t vote for such a measure and that he didn’t think other conservatives would, either.”

“Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, McConnell emphasized that the votes this week would not reverse the ACA even if they culminate in the passage of a bill.”

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“One phase of that process will end when the Senate concludes voting this week, but it will not signal the end of our work. Not yet,” he said.”

“While McConnell has led the negotiations over health-care legislation for weeks, Trump sought to drum up support by pressing wavering Republicans.”

“Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) separately Wednesday to warn them that the administration may change its position on several issues, according to people briefed on the conversations, given Murkowski’s vote against proceeding with health-care legislation this week.”Image result for photos of senators mccain collins murkowski“Since Trump took office, Interior has indicated that it is open to constructing a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge while expanding energy exploration elsewhere in Alaska. But now these policy shifts may be in jeopardy.”

 “Speaking to reporters Thursday (7/27/17), Sullivan said the Trump administration has been cooperative on Alaska issues with Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.”

“From my perspective, the sooner we can get back to that kind of cooperation between the administration and the chairman of the ENR Committee, the better for Alaska and the better for the country,” he said. He is not telling Murkowski how to respond.”


    • Dear Horty,

      I sat up last night watching this go down. It was a cliff hanger. The leaders, VP Pence and DDT tried to coax him to change his mind but he didn’t trust them. He came out with his thumb down and said no! This was around 1:30 am. The people out side were overjoyed and started cheering.

      Thanks a million for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  1. I don’t know why the other senators were shocked when Senator McCain voted “No” for the bill. He said during his speech he would vote “No”. He’s a man of his word. DT has lost his hold over him if he indeed ever had one. —- Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      I loved what Senator John McCain did last night. He acted like what he is, a maverick and a hero. And you are so right! He is the opposite of DDT, as Senator McCain is a man of his word.

      Hugs, Gronda


  2. I’m curious what other hairbrain scheme the President will come up with next. ACA lite is not happening, perhaps it’s time for single-payer health insurance?


    • Dear !EarthUnited,

      Both sides have to be exhausted from this marathon of a fiasco. It may be that DDT will accomplish what was thought to be impossible by getting enough folks from both sides to want to work together to solve this problem.

      Hugs, Gronda


  3. Three brave senators helped Americans and saved the Republican Party from itself. Poorly conceived and heartless bills were thrown together without following normal process. McCain was right to chastise his compatriots.

    By the way, with the Senate’s efforts to maim the imperfect ACA primarily by defunding payments promised to insurers for taking on adverse risk. Mr. President, you own the ACA now, so not letting it fail is in your court. By the way, it is not in a death spiral and is stabilizing in some places.


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  4. Dear Keith,

    Those three Republicans took the heat for a few other republicans. Both Senators Collins and Murkowski enjoy enormous back home support for their stances and at this point, Senator McCain is immune to any threats or arm twisting.

    They are all examples of “profiles in courage.”

    Hugs, Gronda


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