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Senate GOP Healthcare Bill is Dead, Trump Calls for Repeal

Senate GOP Healthcare Bill is Dead, Trump Calls for Repeal

Senate to vote on clean repeal

Late Monday night, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) was pronounced dead when Republicans failed to whip enough support to debate the bill, much less ensure its passage.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) announced Monday night their refusal to support the BCRA in its current form, joining Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in opposition.

Shortly after Sens Lee and Moran announced their dissent, President Trump renewed calls for full repeal of Obamacare:

Republican inability to come to a consensus on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare killed the House version of the bill, the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) before taking down the BCRA.

Rather than prolong the squabble, Senate Majority Leader McConnell issued a statement saying the Senate would vote on the clean repeal, the same repeal President Obama vetoed in 2015.

Sen. Sasse (R-NE) called for full Obamacare repeal while leaving the current law in place for a year, during which Congress would plot the course forward.

During the Obama presidency, Republicans were criticized for holding symbolic repeal votes, knowing their efforts would never amount to any actual progress or consequence. And now, Republicans have an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is.

Update (by WAJ) – Trump was on Twitter this morning – LET IT FAIL is Plan B:

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Connivin Caniff | July 18, 2017 at 7:17 am

Trump betrayed us by supporting this phony, double talk Obabamacare-heavy bill in the first place. Long live the swamp.

Der Donald is demonstrating the essence of “leading from behind”.

He’s flacked for both the House and Senate bills. Only NOW that conservatives have killed these moves, T-rump is all about repeal.

“Profiles In Courage”…??? Naw.

    Mac45 in reply to Ragspierre. | July 18, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Trump is in the unique position of being actively opposed by legislators from his own party who are control of the Congress. He desperately wants some mitigation of the
    ACA. At this point he will accept almost anything that will give him some breathing room to see if a new Congress will be more amenable to repealing the ACA. Politically, his advisors know that straight repeal will result in the politically unpopular loss of healthcare insurance for some people. And, he has enough trouble with the false attacks on him, to want to deal with the very real complaint of loss of healthcare insurance coverage for some Americans. So, he supports GOP bills modifying the ACA, in the hopes that his party will pass one. When they can’t, for whatever reason, he applies pressure through the only means that he has, publicly supporting straight repeal.

      Ragspierre in reply to Mac45. | July 18, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Which, of course, tots explains why he and Half Pence were out arm-twisting in BOTH the House and Senate for their respective bills, and why he told Senators the House bill was “mean”.

      It was because he was waiting for a more conservative Congress.


      You’ll try anything to tongue-bathe Mr. Establishment, huh?

the 2015 bill was a defunding bill. Not a repeal.

They promised to repeal and that was their pitch to get elected. There was never a ‘replace’. They need to just repeal the whole boondoggle, as promised.
Healthcare is not the government’s business, and even if it was, healthcare and health insurance are 2 different things.

    4th armored div in reply to Exiliado. | July 18, 2017 at 9:57 am

    -> healthcare and health insurance are 2 different things. <-

    exactly right.
    insurance can be accomplished in many ways – rand paul and cruz have great ideas on how to accomplish this.
    as for healthcare, we can institute a new/old idea of a draft type of health service in which the gov't helps/pays for MD degrees in return for x number of years working for gov't health service. for those docs who are patriots and want to continue working in public health and retired docs who want to give back to the USA, this would be an ideal vehicle.

    this is just an idea i have had for a looong time.

    let the flaming replies begin 😉

    mailman in reply to Exiliado. | July 18, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Dont forget that for 6 years Republicans passed any number of congressional acts to abolish Obama care (knowing full well nothing would ever get through Democrat controlled Senate and off the Presidents desk).

    This isn’t Trumps failure, this is the spineless protoplasmic ameba that call themselves Republicans failures because now they ARE in charge and they couldn’t organise a f89k fest in a brothel!!

    You can understand why though can’t you? That is because Republicans and Democrats ARE all the same! The only people they are interested in protecting is themselves!

    People like McCain are why you need term limits.

      Ragspierre in reply to mailman. | July 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Bu…bu…but, WAIT…!!!

      Uh…”drain the swamp”. An, and…”on day one”… Paaa, plus, “outsider”….

      And more Mr. Establishment BULLSHIT that many swallowed by the scoop-full.

      Now “…it isn’t T-rump’s fault”…

      Whimper, whimper, snot-bubbles.

A clean repeal is one of the main reasons why they were elected. If they bothered to actually talk to and listen to their constituents, they would know that.

    mailman in reply to Rusty Bill. | July 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I think you are under some idea that politicians are there to represent their constituents. HAHAHAHHAHHAHAAA…oh how naive 🙂

Common Sense | July 18, 2017 at 9:53 am

7 Years of running against Obamacare! 7 years of chest beating against Obamacare! 7 years when we are in charge Obamacare will be repealed!


“President Trump renewed calls for full repeal of Obamacare”

While reading this in July is better than not reading it at all, I wanted to read this last January and see it effective in February.

buckeyeminuteman | July 18, 2017 at 10:56 am

This is the best news I’ve heard coming from Congress in years! We don’t want your health insurance mandates. Get rid of Obamacare completely and get rid of state lines and ridiculous malpractice lawsuits while you’re at it.

Notice how the headlines are all “…gives up on Repeal-and-Replace.”

Bull. The current bill did not repeal. All it did is add to the mess. I’ve always been a little hesitant about yanking the rug out before we have a replacement rug, but the Dems have proven that they will squat like a toad in the road rather than lift a finger to correct the disaster that they caused.

Let it die.

Admittedly, what comes after will not be what Conservatives want either, but it will certainly be an improvement.

Trump has already given up on any chance of repeal since several GOP senators have already come out saying they won’t vote for repeal. Trump is now calling on Congress to allow ObamaCare to fail.

Expect Teams Ryan and McConnell to craft an ObamaCare rescue bill. We might as well just go ahead and rename ObamaCare now. That’s about all the GOP will have accomplished by the time this is over.

    Ragspierre in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 18, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Oddly, that’s NOT what T-rump said.

    You must have one of those secret decoder rings. To go with your tin-foil hat.

      Let me speak in plain English using small words so even pedantic attorney impersonators like you can understand.

      1. RyanMcConnellCare declared dead yesterday.

      2. Trump/McConell call for straight repeal.

      3. Several GOP senators declare that they will not vote for repeal.

      4. Trump calls for Congress to allow ObamaCare to fail.

      Is that still too nuanced for you Buckaroo? Ask a five-year-old to explain it to you.

      Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | July 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Last night, we reported on Donald Trump’s call for straight repeal of Obamacare now, and replacement later. It’s a strategy that the GOP as a whole is now adopting as Mitch McConnell announced that clean repeal would be up for a floor vote soon.

      All of this went out overnight in the RedState Morning Briefing (which you can sign up for here, by the way).

      However, mere hours after he tweeted the call for repeal now/replace later, and by the time the Morning Briefing got to everyone’s inbox, the president seemed to switch positions by advocating something else entirely.

      For people looking to this president for guidance, this can be a bit confusing. Does President Trump want Congress to repeal Obamacare now, or does he want Obamacare to continue to collapse on itself?

      These are called “facts”, or “objective data”.

      I know this is confusing to you. Hell, it’s confusing to anyone who believes that T-rump has multiple positions on any subject at any point in time.

      But you really are an idiot…albeit a voluntary one…and you don’t get OBVIOUS, much less “nuanced”.

        Wow. RedState. THAT is your “proof”? Eric Erickson? King of the Never Trumpers? One of your fellow “I’m with her!” nutjobs? Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! Get back to the Forum section where you belong.

        Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | July 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm

        No, lying idiot. My “proof” is what Der Donald said.

        Erikson has nothing to do with RedState, you moron, and neither he nor anyone at RedState was “I’m with her”, you lying sack of excrement.

        Oh, and I go anywhere I want, Stalinist goon. Up yours.

Rag, just last night Trump said we are just going to have to let ObamaCare die, remind voters the Dems own Obamacare and obstructed our good faith attempts to fix it, and that we need to increase our margins in Congress so we can pass real reform.

You can watch a video of him saying just that, and you don’t need some priest at Redstate to translate the Latin for you.

Also, if you insist on being a troll, could you at least work on your insults? Am getting tired of your shit and you aren’t even entertaining.

I mean geez, I followed the news cycle while multitasking on 6 other things. It was obvious:

1) Trump wanted Repeal and Replace, but the Senate failed to muster the votes for it.

2) So Trump then wanted to settle for Repeal only, with another attempt at Replace later. But again, McConnell could not whip the votes for even that.

3) So Trump resigned himself to letting ObamaCare die, with the idea that desperate Dems would either come to the table and compromise for Repeal and Replace later,

4) Trump would campaign to gain more GOP seats at midterm elections, so another attempt at Repeal and Replace could happen with a better chance of success.

It’s really not that hard to follow. But your hatred of anything Trump has clouded your judgement. Your guy lost in the primaries, get over it.

    Ragspierre in reply to Fen. | July 19, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    “1) Trump wanted Repeal and Replace, but the Senate failed to muster the votes for it.”

    No, THAT’S a risible lie.

    He lobbied…via his own acts and those of Half Pence…for the shit sandwich that was T-rumpCare. He twisted arms to get the House version, then called it “mean” when meeting with Senators.

    You MAY read, but you lie about facts. Your shit is old. As old as lying.

    You are the troll here. I didn’t attack you. You’re just another T-rumpian cultist and ThoughtPolicing goon. You guys just can’t seem to help it. It appears to be in your DNA.