John McCain made the five-hour flight to Washington to vote for what many viewed as a bill to take away health care from poor people when Mr. McCain was receiving the best treatment available for his cancer.
It took Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote to pass the motion to proceed with debate on a Senate health care bill. [Vote count]
President Trump lashed out Wednesday morning at Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, one of two Republicans who voted on Tuesday against beginning debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate yesterday rejected the latest version of the Republican leaders’ plan to repeal and replace the current health law. It was a compromise measure that included provisions meant to appeal to both conservatives and moderate Republicans.
In the end, the measure won only 43 votes, demonstrating that even after weeks of refining the legislation, Senate leaders still fell far short of enough support for their replacement plan, from both ends of the party’s ideological spectrum. [vote count]
Senators are set to consider a different repeal measure on Wednesday.
This measure would repeal the health law but would not provide a replacement for it. The legislation resembles a bill that passed the Senate in 2015 but was vetoed by President Barack Obama in early 2016.
Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, supports that approach. But some Republicans worry that repealing the law without providing a replacement would leave many Americans without health care coverage.
Such a “repeal only” measure is not expected to garner enough votes for passage