Liberal groups push for health care to dominate the midterms

Aaron Brown
July 29, 2017

The Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement, will continue after a measure to repeal parts of the health care law was rejected on Friday in the Senate.

President Donald Trump has declined to guarantee payments, and has floated the idea of letting the law fail. The sad fact is that many Republican constituencies stand to be harmed by a repeal and ill-thought replacement bill as much as anyone else. 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. "Our lives depend on it, and our senators promised to protect us - now we promise to make sure their constituents know how they voted".

Democrats were joined by seven Republicans who voted against the measure: Sens.

Obama has repeatedly warned against taking away health care for millions of Americans now covered under the ACA and urged Republicans and Democrats to work together.

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Following is the statement of Frederick Isasi, executive director of Families USA, on the Senate's failure Friday to pass the so-call "Skinny Repeal" bill of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Her counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer of NY, said after the votes that Democrats who resisted the GOP legislation "are not celebrating". "President Obama still believes that it is possible for Congress to demonstrate the necessary bipartisanship and political courage to keep delivering on the promise of quality, affordable health insurance for every American".

Just prior to the procedural vote, Republican Sen. That's an understatement as many low- to medium-income Americans are about to find out when the rug is pulled out from under them.

McConnell put the health bill on hold and announced that the Senate would move onto other legislation next week.

Rep. Mo Brooks says the "failure" of the GOP health care overhaul is ultimately Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's responsibility.

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