US Senate Republican health bill fails to get votes

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell arrives at the U.S. Capitol

It is unclear what proposals the Republicans will bring to the floor for debate and vote. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Rob Portman (Ohio) with a final vote of 55-45, according to CNN.

Despite the two-day failure, Republicans in the Senate are still determined to find a compromise that would allow at least 50 members to vote for a healthcare plan that will eventually replace Obamacare. Rand Paul introduced the amendment - within two years, and come up with a replacement plan in the meantime. CBO projects that 32 million more people would be left without health insurance in 2026.

This measure, which is expected as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's last-ditch effort, would enact no new measure and limit repeal only to Obamacare's individual mandate, possibly along with the employer mandate and some taxes which Republican legislators oppose.

The Senate finished for the night after the BCRA failed; the upper chamber will continue to try to coalesce around a bill that 50 GOP senators could vote for on Wednesday. "Either that bill passes or those senators (who vote against it) will be held responsible for preserving the Affordable Care Act in the minds of their Republican voters".

Following that vote, the Senate voted against a proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare in a 43 to 57 vote.

All Senate Democrats, along with Collins and Murkowski, voted against the motion to begin debate.

Vice President Mike Pence breaks a tie in the Senate vote to proceed with debate on a health care bill. "We can now deliver grt [great] healthcare to all Americans", he wrote.

"This "skinny repeal" strategy would keep the overhaul effort alive but amount to a tacit acknowledgment that broader efforts to revise or repeal the law can not succeed, even as Republicans control both Congress and the White House", according to the Washington Post. "It's a shell of a bill right now, we all know that", said the Arizona lawmaker.

The so-called "skinny repeal" is one of several bills being considered in the Senate on Wednesday.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated the Senate's replacement bill could lead to as many as 22 million fewer Americans being insured.

However, Governor Bill Haslam said that number shouldn't be the main focus of the debate.

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