Senate Healthcare Bill Collapses as two more Republicans Confirm ‘No’ Votes
The Republican Party’s push to repeal and replace “Obamacare” has crashed in the U.S. Senate. The GOP healthcare bill tonight lost two more votes and experts believe it is effectively dead.
Two more senators, Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced on Twitter that they plan to vote ‘No’ when the bill comes up for a vote in the coming days or weeks.
That brings the number of ‘No’ votes to four. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) indicated earlier they were against the bill.
No Democratic senator plans to vote for the bill meaning the GOP cannot afford to lose more than two senators since they hold a slim majority in the U.S. Senate.
The defections of these two senators is a devastating blow to Republican senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who must now go back to the drawing board to rewrite the bill or find ways to fix the current bill before bringing it up again for a vote.
“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy. Furthermore, if we leave the federal government in control of everyday healthcare decisions, it is more likely that our healthcare system will devolve into a single-payer system, which would require a massive federal spending increase,” Moran said in a statement.
Senator Moran also called for a “fresh start” and an “open legislative process,” a reference to how Sen. McConnell and his colleagues crafted the current bill behind closed doors without input from Democrats and other interested Americans.
McConnell had to put the bill off over the weekend when it was announced that Arizona senator John McCain would not be available to vote due to surgery.
As it stands, even if McCain were to return to Washington today, the GOP will still be short of votes needed to pass the bill.
This is a breaking news story so check back here or follow us on social media for updates.
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