Rep. Mo Brooks responded to the Senate's failure to pass an Obamacare repeal bill Thursday night by suggesting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is to blame.
Three Republicans and all 48 Democrats and Independents voted down the stripped-down repeal measure of Obamacare that some Republican senators didn't even want to become law, but rather wanted to continue the legislative process to improve the bill.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) traveled to D.C. after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.
When Mr McCain walked to cast his deciding "no" vote, giving a thumbs down, Democrats cheered, knowing the bill would fail.
The "skinny" bill would have repealed the ACA's individual mandate, repealed the employer mandate for eight years, given greater flexibility to states, and defunded Planned Parenthood.
"Action is needed to address problems in the individual insurance market, but the so-called "skinny" bill is a toxic prescription that would make matters worse", AMA president Dr. David Barbe said in a statement.
"Unquestionably, the leadership at the top is responsible", the Alabama congressman and US Senate candidate replied. His vote on Friday morning sealed the fate of the Skinny Repeal.
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Ryan's announcement should allow the Senate to proceed with the skinny plan that had become stalled earlier Thursday when four GOP senators said they would not support it without assurances from Ryan that the House would go to conference and not pass the skinny bill.
Before the vote got underway, a dramatic scene played out on the Senate floor. "They want us to get the job done", said Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) IL. But later, he told reporters that Ryan had assured him and others in a phone conversation that the House would hold talks with the Senate. The Senate's recess was recently delayed until the third week of August, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has advised members of the House to be ready to potentially come back if the Senate passes something in that time, according to Politico.
Until hours before the vote, the bill had no publicly released text and was only known as the "skinny repeal", prompting intense criticism from Democrats who say they and the public were shut out of the process.
He echoed sentiments from the speech McCain made this week and called for bipartisanship.
Though united in wanting to revamp some of the health care law's regulations, Republicans remain divided over proposed cuts to Medicaid and federal subsidies. If President Trump wants a legacy item he could get it by repairing something he has told the American people, is beyond fix. By having a conference, the senators hope they can change the "skinny" bill before a final vote. Instead, they got 49 votes. "It is time to move on", Sen.
But the parliamentarian advised that the language would violate the rules of reconciliation, the fast track budget maneuver Republicans are using that only needs 51 votes and is immune to Democratic filibuster.