Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill Fails to Reach Senate Vote

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who on Monday announced that she would not vote in favor of the Graham-Cassidy proposal said she hoped leaders would nudge the party toward a bipartisan solution, like one being pursued by Republican Sen.

"We haven't given up on changing the American health care system", Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters after a closed-door luncheon during which legislators chose to put a halt to their latest effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, as it is formally known.

The Donald Trump administration has incessantly pressured Congress to end Obamacare, but came up against seemingly irreconcilable divisions among the Republicans themselves, Efe reported.

"Through events that are under our control and not under our control, we don't have the votes", Sen. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, but opposition from at least three Republican senators in the narrowly-divided Senate sunk the measure's chances.

The Graham-Cassidy health care bill, the latest attempt to repeal Obamacare, has been killed.

Republicans had a September 30 deadline to pass legislation with just 50 votes and the help of a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, thanks to a legislative technique known as budget reconciliation.

That video comment from the Senate Majority Leader contains a little bit of Capitol Hill mumbo-jumbo that needs a bit of explanation, as moving to tax reform is not as easy as Republican leaders and the President make it out to be, in terms of getting final House and Senate votes on a tax bill.

Collins called the bill "deeply flawed", saying she couldn't support it because of Medicaid cuts and weakened protections for people with preexisting conditions.

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The Republican Party's seven-year push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was derailed again Tuesday when Sen. "We plan to move forward on our next priority which is reforming the American tax code in a significant way for the first time in 30 years". Republican senators now say they will "focus on tax reform".

"[Trump] made that clear that if he didn't get what he wanted, he was going to work with Democrats on a plan", Democratic Rep. Richard Neal of MA said after the meeting.

In July, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) cast the deciding vote against repealing Obamacare, complaining about the rushed process. "Each of them endeavors to increase coverage, improve the quality of care, and lower the cost of care".

"There are 50 votes for the substance", said Graham. "We must continue our efforts to reform our healthcare system - by reducing costs, increasing access, and providing quality healthcare that Americans deserve".

"There's all kind of combinations to get us to where we want to be", he said.

Cosgrove has been a consistent critic of Republican efforts to repeal the Democratic former president's health reforms in the past few months.

It's also likely we'll see a renewed effort to reach a bipartisan health care deal - McConnell helped spike bipartisan talks last week - building on the recent progress from Sens.

Cassidy was blunt: "We don't have the votes", adding, "Am I disappointed?"

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