Republican Healthcare Bill Fails in Senate
The effort to undo the Affordable Care Act fell short of passing votes in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 after three Republican senators voted against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan. Republican senators Shelley Moore Capito (WV); Susan Collins (ME); and Lisa Murkowski (AK) joined Democrats and a few other Republicans in declaring they would not support the effort without a proper replacement for Obamacare.
If passed, the Republican Healthcare Bill would have affected patients with a long list of pre-existing conditions.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) mentioned:
“It’s time to move on. It’s time to start over. Rather than repeating the same failed, partisan process yet again, Republicans should work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long-term stability to the markets and improves our healthcare system.”
Trump told reporters at the White House:
"We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”
And as with everything else, the Donald took to Twitter to show his braggadocious persistence:
This failure leaves Trump without a significant legislative victory during his first six months in office.
A top Republican told CNN:
"He was playing with a firetruck and trying on a cowboy hat as the bill was collapsing and he had no clue.”
And due to Trump’s presence on social media, the people took to Twitter to comment