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Senate Votes For Healthcare Debate

Senate Republicans took majority vote today in Washington, a vote that now advances the debate to repeal and replace Obamacare.

After having been out during the vote that took place on July 18th, John McCain returned from Arizona to cast his vote.

This resulted in a tied vote that was tallied at 50-Democrats/50-Republicans the tie-breaking vote came from Vice President Mike Pence who voted in favor of the measure. This made the vote 51/50 (I know, the IRONY!). Democrats have been against the bill as they believe it will end health care coverage for millions.

Trump said at a White House news conference

I'm very happy to announce that with zero of the Democrats' votes, the motion to proceed on health care has moved past and now we move forward toward truly great health care for the American people. We look forward to that. This was a big step.

Senators were greeted by a group of protestors shouting “Kill the Bill!” and “Shame” right before the voting began. I imagine it went something like this

The motion to move to debate is now set. Senators will now be able to offer amendments in a “skinny repeal” process which would allow senators to pinpoint specific areas of Obamacare that they would like to change —making it difficult to predict what the final result for healthcare for millions of Americans will look like.