Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson, a Democrat running for Hatch's seat, said in saying the Senate is divided on health care, Hatch is admitting that "bipartisanship is too much of a burden for him". This, in turn, correlated with a lack of coverage on how those same people would be affected by the legislation. One of those Republicans is Tennessee's Lamar Alexander, Senate health committee's chairman.
The decision was a big turnaround for Republicans, who had steadfastly avoided hearings on their plan to overhaul the Obama health law. Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association welcomed the failure to repeal the ACA.
You might think that's a quote from Senate Democrats about Republicans' efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Yes, it did, and that's not going to go over well with Democrats.
"The Catholic Health Association (CHA) is pleased and relieved that we will now have an opportunity to work together in a bipartisan way to improve the ACA", Keehan said in a statement after the vote.
More specifically, McConnell said "no action" was not an option.
McConnell dismissed Trump's frustration with the rules, arguing that two top priorities for Republicans, tax reform and health care, can be passed through the reconciliation process. For that to happen, Republicans must get over their fear of crossing the GOP's tea-party wing, which has been calling the Republican senators who refused to support the repeal effort traitors.
In a letter to Republican leaders, including President Donald Trump, 45 of 48 Senate Democratic caucus members spelled out their conditions for bipartisan tax reform.
Hatch, of Utah, said the Senate was too divided to try again, despite President Trump's calls on lawmakers to get back to work.
President Barack Obama's law requires insurers to lower out-of-pocket costs for millions of lower- and middle-income consumers. They are required to do so by a provision in the health law itself. They are reacting with shock and horror - which is the desired effect.
A federal court last year ruled the subsidies unconstitutional, but they've continued to be paid pending settlement negotiations.
"I know it was a late night last night, but a victorious one for the American people", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.).
And to Senator McCain, your party and the nation should thank you for saving us from this terrible bill.
By a vote of 51-49, senators rejected what was called a "skinny repeal" bill, that would have only repealed a small portion of the ACA.
"We knew that many people would sign up that had not had good primary care".
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