Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) arrives for a health care vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. July 26, 2017. John McCain were the last two Republicans to vote on the motion, and by that time, two other Republican senators already voted against it. A few hours later he voted for the very bill he had said was so lousy, the McConnell plan to repeal-and-replace.
If today's vote is unsuccessful, the Senate will continue voting on amendments this week in hopes of passing one.
Almost 100 people were arrested throughout the day as the Senate opened debate on the Republicans' plans to repeal and maybe replace Obamacare.
The text of the legislation mirrors a bill that the Senate passed in 2015 that President Obama then vetoed. Paul and other conservatives have led the push for a complete repeal of Obamacare.
"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. 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.
Democrats say Senate leaders just want to pass anything they can take to this conference committee, where the real bill would be crafted.
According to ad-buying tracker Advertising Analytics, groups opposing the GOP health care push have spent $14.8 million since May on TV ads targeting 13 key senators, with even more ad buys rolling in daily as the debate in the Senate reaches fever pitch.
However, Capito said in the same interview that she wanted to see more funds in the bill to help people transfer from Medicaid to private health insurance, which was included in the proposal. We're talking about a bill that would take coverage from 32 million people, repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with nothing, and 45 Republican senators voluntarily said, "Yep, that sounds good to me".
"I think until the vote is actually on the floor of the Senate, some people may not tell you what they're actually going to do", Senate Republican John Barrasso told CBS talk show "Face the Nation" on Sunday. That was why the emergence of the "skinny repeal" option Tuesday is noteworthy - a scaled back version of repeal that would knock out the Obamacare mandates and some of the taxes.
Democrats blasted Johnson, pointing out that as recently as Monday, he'd said he "didn't have a clue" what the Senate would be voting on. But Senate Republicans are scrambling to pull together any health care bill that can win 50 votes - and the parliamentarian's decision could make it impossible for Republicans to add a provision that would let states waive Obamacare's rules to their final bill.
The third amendment Republicans have yet to vote on would nix only the individual mandate and the medical device tax imposed by Obamacare. Seven Republicans, however, bucked leadership and refused to support the proposal without a ready replacement.