Senate Republicans are throwing in the towel saying they will not vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal. However, President Donald Trump fired off a cryptic tweet this morning claiming to have enough health care votes……just not by this Friday.
Senate Republicans gave up on their last-ditch bid to repeal Obamacare as opposition in their own ranks ended months of fruitless efforts to deliver on a seven-year promise, but President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to try again later.
“We will have the votes for Healthcare but not for the reconciliation deadline of Friday, after which we need 60,” Trump tweeted. “Get rid of Filibuster Rule!”
Leaders decided Tuesday that the Senate won’t vote before Saturday’s deadline to use a fast-track procedure to keep Democrats from blocking a GOP-only bill and they said they would turn instead to overhauling the U.S. tax system.
“We don’t have the votes” for the health-care bill, co-sponsor Bill Cassidy of Louisiana told reporters in Washington. “We’ve made the decision, since we don’t have the votes, we’ll postpone that vote.”
As for the President’s reference that there was “one Yes vote in the hospital,” USA Today wrote, “It was not immediately clear whether any senators are currently in the hospital — though reporters later discovered that Sen. Thad Cochran is recuperating from what his office referred to as treatment for a urological issue back home in Mississippi.”
National Public Radio (NPR) posed the question, “Could this embarrassment for the GOP and president be the impetus for Trump to turn up the pressure even more on (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell and try to seek a replacement?
“[A]t some point,” Trump said at the White House before the announcement, “there will be a repeal and replace. … But we are disappointed in certain so-called Republicans.”
Three Republicans came out against the bill — Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Republicans could lose only two senators for the bill to pass through the budget process of reconciliation, which allows for a majority vote instead of the 60-vote threshold ordinarily needed to end a filibuster.
The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) opposed the Graham-Cassidy plan and applauded Senator McCain for showing strong leadership by opposing the proposal. AzHHA President & CEO Greg Vigdor said, “Like Sen. McCain, we believe sustainable and positive reforms to our nation’s healthcare system – including addressing flaws in the Affordable Care Act – can only be accomplished by working together in a bipartisan and reasoned manner.”
Share your thoughts on the latest health care developments and what, you believe, the next six months may bring. Whether we agree of disagree, we believe it is critical to continue generating meaningful conversations around the health issues affecting he people of our state. It is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!