Senators rejected a straight repeal-only vote on Obamacare on Wednesday. This is the second healthcare plan rejected after Senators voted down another repeal-and-replacement amendment late Tuesday night.
As TGP previously reported, do nothing Congress rejected a key proposal to repealing and replacing Obamacare Tuesday night. Nine GOP Senators voted against the amendment.
Republican Senators secured the 50 votes needed to move forward on repealing Obamacare Tuesday. GOP Senators still cannot come to an agreement as they are stuck in gridlock Tuesday evening.
Senators on Wednesday rejected a key proposal that would repeal much of ObamaCare, despite intense pressure from conservatives.
Senators voted 55-45 against an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and give lawmakers two years to come up with a replacement.
GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Rob Portman (Ohio) joined all Democrats and independents in voting no.
It was the second healthcare plan rejected after the Senate voted down a separate repeal-and-replace amendment on Tuesday night.
Three GOP senators had already announced they wouldn’t support repeal-only. Alexander, the chairman of the Senate’s health committee, predicted he didn’t “think there are 40 votes to repeal” without a replacement.
Doubts are growing over the GOP’s true intentions about actually repealing Obamacare. Former House Speaker, John Boehner said the GOP won’t be able to repeal and replace Obamacare at a closed-door tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV Friday.
John Boehner told a private crowd that Obamacare will never be repealed or replaced by the GOP because Americans and state officials are used to it in, a video obtained by The Washington Post.
Boehner also warned that Republicans will get annihilated in 2018 midterm elections if they fail to pass healthcare and tax legislation.
“Here we are, seven months into this year, and yet they’ve not passed this bill. Now, they’re never…they’re not going to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s been around too long. And the American people have gotten accustomed to it. Governors have gotten accustomed to this Medicaid expansion, and so trying to pull it back is really not going to work.”
Boehner suggested that if the GOP can’t get rid of Obamacare completely, to at least eliminate the mandate and some of the taxes.
Before he was defeated by unknown economist Dave Brat, then Minority Whip Eric Cantor led the charge to repeal Obamacare. Day in and day out, the GOP Rep. railed against the disastrous healthcare plan, using the hot button issue as ammo to drum up political support and boost fundraising efforts. In a stunning admission, Cantor now admits the GOP was never serious about repealing the healthcare bill. It was all a charade.