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Senate healthcare repeal bill fails - Collins, Murkowski, and McCain voted no

GK86

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Edit -

A reddit user,zzzzzzzz414, did a good job explaining how royally McCain F'd up the GOP here

[–]zzzzzzzz414 1855 points 6 hours ago*x2
I'm not sure if it's really being appreciated just how comprehensively the Republicans were just fucked over.
See, the Republicans have been trying to pass these godawful healthcare bills through a process called budget reconciliation, which, among other things, protects the bill from being filibustered in the Senate and only requires a simple majority of 50 votes (rather than 60, which the Republicans don't have).
The thing is, the Senate can only consider one budget reconciliation bill per topic per year. Of course, if the bill dies in committee and never comes to an official vote, it doesn't count- which is why they've been able to keep hammering away at the issue.

This bill, though, was allowed to come to the Senate floor, because the Republicans thought they'd secured the votes. Collins, Murkowski and the Democrats would vote no, everyone else would vote yes, and Pence would break the tie. And then McCain completely fucked them. And it was almost certainly a calculated move; he voted to allow the bill to come to the floor. Had McCain allowed it to die in committee, McConnell could have come back with yet another repeal bill; but he let it come to a vote, and now they can't consider another budget reconciliation bill for the rest of the fiscal year. The Senate needs 60 votes to pass any kind of healthcare reform now.

So now they're caught between a rock and a hard place. Either they concede defeat on the issue and try again later (causing a big, unpopular stink that could damage elections if they try it before the midterms, or risking losing the slim majority they already have if they wait) or they actually sit down with the democrats like adults and write a halfway decent healthcare bill.

This is amazing.




Breaking - Senate just voted not to (partially) repeal Obamacare. McCain, Collins and Murkoswky voted no.

Thank you, McCain!

Here's a Twitter video of McCain voting No. You can hear the gasps and see/hear some of the Democrats clap (including Warren in the back).

McCain even looks at McConnell after saying No. For a laugh, compare McConnell's expression from the beginning of the video to the end of it.

https://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/890807095024603137/video/1

Video of the turtle almost to tears.



Edit -

Link:

At least three Republicans - John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - voted against the bill, which needed a simple majority to pass.
It was voted down by 51 votes to 49.

The so-called "skinny" repeal, which would have scaled back some of the more controversial provisions, is the third attempt to repeal Obamacare to fail.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell described it as a "disappointing moment".

The vote had been delayed after Senate Republicans kept a procedural vote open before the actual Obamacare vote while they attempted to persuade their members to vote for the repeal.

Vice President Mike Pence was seen talking to Mr McCain for more than 20 minutes.

But Mr McCain then approached a group of Democrats who appeared happy to see him.
 
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Suikoguy

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I'm still sitting here stunned.

After giving that speech, then voting for the even worse bill just hours later, this was not the least expected.
 

Autodidact

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I hope Murkowski and Collins are ready to have some real vitriol thrown at them that will make this last week look mild.
 
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You should see the_dumpster right now, its amazing how stupid some people are. They must have a hotkey that just auto fills "cuck" when they can't think of a decent post to make. Incredible.
 
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Trump did say worship god.

If there is a god, god wouldn't want people to lose healthcare coverage.

So you can thank trump!

/s if not obvious...
 

Rizific

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excuse my political ignorance, but isnt this like the 4th or 5th time this has happened? what makes this time special compared to the others?
 

mackaveli

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What an insane day. Can't believe it. Stfu McConnell. Develop a consensus bill my ass. Fucking such bull shit. get fucked.
 

Trey

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Prepare for the next volley of Republican fuckery. We ain't out the shit yet. Glad tonight went this way but we have a lot of work to do and a lot of Republicans to replace.
 

Slayven

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You should see the_dumpster right now, its amazing how stupid some people are. They must have a hotkey that just auto fills "cuck" when they can't think of a decent post to make. Incredible.

They don't actually care about the substance just the lulz. If the GOP voted down a cancer vaccine they will still cheer it