Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) returned to Washington DC mid-recovery from brain surgery with an impassioned speech about bipartisanship and a striking declaration that he would not support the Senate’s health care bill. “I will not vote for this bill as it is today,” McCain said on the Senate floor, after voting to proceed to debate “to allow debate to continue and amendments to be offered.” He castigated the bill’s secretive process and called for the…"McCain said he wouldn’t vote for the Senate health care bill. 6 hours later he did."
Stay tuned. The Senate failed Tuesday night to advance the Republicans’ long-gestating plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, an important step in the chamber’s ongoing health care floor debate that looks increasingly likely to result in a much more modest health care plan. The Senate voted late Tuesday to take up a new version of a repeal-and-replace plan that senators have been working on for months (the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA). It would…"Senate fails to advance one Obamacare repeal bill, but the debate is still going"
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President Donald Trump is optimistic on health care. The Senate voted to move to debate on some version of a health bill Tuesday afternoon, and as far as Trump is concerned, “once you get that motion, it’s in pretty good shape,” he told the Wall Street Journal. Typically the motion to proceed to debate is indicative of the vote on the final bill. (The Senate voted on 13 motions to proceed in 2016, for example,…"Trump says the motion to proceed means Obamacare repeal is in “good shape.” Not so fast."
The 8 steps toward a final vote. The Obamacare repeal debate has begun in the Senate. That’s about all we know for sure. A slim vote, 51 to 50 with two Republican senators dissenting, to open debate was a huge victory for Republicans’ hopes of passing some kind of health care bill, and puts health insurance for millions of Americans at risk. But Republicans haven’t actually settled on what legislation they are trying to pass.…"Your guide to the next steps in the Senate health care debate"
This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here. The Obamacare repeal debate has begun in the Senate. That’s about all we know for sure. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has managed, after prospects looked dim again and again, to open debate on an Obamacare repeal plan. It’s…"What in the world is happening with the health care bill"
He gave the impression he loathed everything about the bill, but he didn’t use his power to actually stop it. Days after being diagnosed with brain cancer, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) flew to back to Washington, DC, and cast what proved to be a deciding vote to begin debate on the Republican health bill. And immediately afterward, he gave a lengthy speech on the Senate floor in which he excoriated the process used to craft…"John McCain gives stirring speech denouncing the health bill he just voted to advance"
“I have to figure out a way to get the leaking to stop, because it hurts people.” Politico reported Tuesday that White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci prompted the resignation of assistant press secretary Michael Short by telling Politico that he planned to fire Short as part of an effort to stop leaks to the press. When Short resigned shortly after Politico published Scaramucci’s stated plans, Scaramucci went on to blame the Politico report for…"Anthony Scaramucci leaked that he would fire a press aide, then complained about the leak"
Senate Democrats are preparing a barrage of amendments to force Republicans to take politically unpopular votes on their plan to repeal Obamacare. Because of the complicated legislative vehicle Republicans are using to advance their health bill, Democrats will have a brief window to offer amendments that the GOP will almost certainly reject. On Tuesday, Senate Republicans just barely managed to cobble together the votes to pass a “motion to proceed” — setting the stage for…"Senate Democrats can’t stop a health care vote. Here’s what they’ll do instead."
Shortly after being diagnosed with brain cancer, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) flew back to Washington, DC, on Tuesday and voted to advance Republicans’ plan to repeal Obamacare. Then he gave a speech from the Senate floor in which he criticized the Senate for not following “regular order,” urged senators to consider themselves the equals of the president, and said he wouldn’t vote for the health care bill as it stands now. (He did not say…"John McCain, diagnosed with brain cancer, returns to DC to save the GOP health bill"