Read The Latest Updates On The Senate's Health Care Voting Frenzy

Read The Latest Updates On The Senate's Health Care Voting Frenzy

The Senate rejected a proposal from Republican lawmakers to repeal Obamacare on Wednesday, marking a significant milestone in the Republican Party's years-long political crusade to gut former President Barack Obama's legacy health care law.

Several Republican senators dodged questions about whether passing only a skinny repeal would mark an improvement over current law, arguing the conference committee would figure things out. "The right way to look at this is a vote for skinny repeal is a vote for the House bill". This process allows senators to end debate without a 60 vote supermajority, but is restricted only to bills that address financial matters. Rand Paul introduced the amendment - within two years, and come up with a replacement plan in the meantime.

The two would need to be reconciled and a final bill passed by both chambers before it reaches the president's desk. Unfortunately for Mitch McConnell, but fortunately for millions of Americans who stand to lose their health insurance, seven Republicans dissented, and the bill failed by a score of 55-45. He went on to note that many insurers submitted two sets of rates to state regulations for 2018, including a "worst-case" scenario with higher premiums ― in part, to protect against the possibility of individual mandate repeal.

"If they can't visit their representatives, we are encouraging people to plan their own rallies to stop the repeal of Obamacare", she said.

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"The mantra from Republicans throughout this debate has been to lower premiums, and a bill like this would do just the opposite", said Larry Levitt, a senior adviser at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care think tank.

While the Senate's vote Tuesday does not necessarily mean a health care bill will pass, "no" votes by three Republican senators would have effectively killed the plan.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association warned Wednesday that repealing, or eliminating the Obamacare mandate that everyone purchase insurance would have dire consequences.

That proposal would significantly gut the Affordable Care Act by repealing its unpopular individual and employer mandates, ending Medicaid expansion and rolling back a slew of the law's taxes, the CNN reported.

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"Today's repeal-and-delay amendment should have been an easy, kept promise", Nebraska's Republican senator said. Under the complex rules governing how the legislation is being considered, the debate will culminate at some point Thursday afternoon or evening in a weird exercise called a "vote-a-rama" during which unlimited amendments can be offered by all sides in rapid succession.

Despite Capito's backing, the Senate defeated the bill on a 57-43 vote.

"Certainly the GOP cleared a significant hurdle by opening it up for debate, but only by the narrowest of margins", he said, referring to Tuesday's 50-50 vote with Vice President Mike Pence using his constitutional prerogative to break the tie. This vote to consider a bill that kicks more than 20 million people off of their health care is utterly shameful but we can not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves. But should it pass the Senate, it could be used as a placeholder, a basis for negotiating broader legislation with the House of Representatives.

He and other Senate Republican leaders acknowledge they do not know whether there is sufficient support to even open debate on the new plan, a sign of Republican division about the impact such reforms might have on millions of American families.

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