On Tuesday, Senate Republicans officially abandoned the latest health care repeal bill, essentially admitting their defeat in an attempt to deliver one of President Trump’s core campaign promises.
24 hours later, Susan Collins (Republican-Maine) cast a pivotal vote that destroyed the proposal.
In a lunchtime meeting, Senator Mitch McConnell said, “We haven’t given up on changing the American health care system. We are not going to be able to do that this week, but it lies ahead of us, and we haven’t given up on that.”
Health care is expected to be one of the main issues to be dealt with at next year’s midterm elections.
The next thing on the agenda of the Republican party is overhauling the tax code, something that has not been done since 1986.
Democrats collectively responded by calling for the resumption of bipartisan negotiations to stabilize health insurance markets.
Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said, “We hope we can move forward and improve health care, not engage in another battle to take it away from people because they will fail once again if they try.”
The decision by Senate Republicans is very significant in the sense that the Affordable Health Care act has gained a little bit of political acceptance from GOP leaders.
The Democratic party is mainly targeting Jeff Flake of Arizona and Dean Heller of Nevada.
In a statement this weekend, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said, “We known Republicans like Jeff Flake and Dean Heller won’t stop until they force Americans to pay more for less, and we will make sure voters hold them accountable for it.”
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Credit: The New York Times