A few hours after the president told thousands of people at a rally in Ohio that Americans were a step closer to ridding Obamacare, the Senate blocked a proposal by Republicans to repeal much of the American Healthcare Act and replace it with a more restrictive plan.
“Any senator who votes against repeal and replace, they’ll have a lot of problems,” Trump said during his speech at a packed auditorium in Ohio.
The vote came in 57-43 late Tuesday evening.
Of the “no” votes were nine Republicans: Sens. Susan Collins, Bob Corker, Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham, Dean Heller, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski and Rand Paul.
The vote indicates that the president may have spoken too soon about better health care being on its way. The vote sets a roadblock for the GOP to come up with a workable bill to replace Obamacare.
Senators are scheduled to vote today on another Republican amendment repealing Obamacare, but it is expected to fail because the plan provides Congress two years to come up with a replacement. Every Democrat is expected to vote “no” and there are too many Republicans unwilling to repeal Obamacare without a replacement.
The vote on Tuesday evening came on the heels of a very powerful and emotional speech given by Sen. John McCain on the Senate floor in which he asked for Republicans and Democrats to unite. The 80-year-old Republican was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Even so, he had traveled to D.C. from Arizona to cast his vote.
There will be new developments throughout the day on Wednesday, and the DML team will report on them all.
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