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The Latest: Senate Republicans Fail to Advance Healthcare Bill

by Countable | 7.28.17

After Tuesday’s successful vote to start debate on the Senate Republicans's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Senate considered numerous amendments to the underlying House-passed bill. Ultimately, in what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called "a disappointment," the GOP failed to get the support they needed to pass a scaled-down "skinny" repeal bill as three Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and John McCain (R-AZ) voted against it.

You can see the amendments that were brought up for a vote and whether they were successful below.

Past Votes

"Skinny" Repeal: This amendment would repeal the individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance, delay the medical device tax from taking effect in 2018 until 2021, and increase contribution limits for health savings accounts. It would leave in place the Medicaid expansion, subsidies for people buying health insurance, and protections for people with preexisting conditions. States would be allowed opt out of some essential health benefits that insurers are required to offer if they cover as many people as Obamacare does with plans that are as comprehensive. Failed 49-51. 7/28 1:40am ET

Sending the Bill to Committee: This vote will be on another motion to send the bill back to committee and requires a simple majority to be successful. Failed 48-52. 7/28 12:30am ET

Heller Amendment: This amendment would repeal the so-called "Cadillac tax" on high-end healthcare plans offered by employers. The Cadillac tax is a 40-percent excise tax on health insurance plans valued at more than $10,200 for individuals or $27,500 for families. Passed 52-48. 7/27 10pm ET

Sending the Bill to Committee: This vote will be on another motion to send the bill back to committee and requires a simple majority to be successful. Failed 43-57. 7/27 9:00pm ET

Strange Amendment: This amendment proposed by Sen. Luther Strange (R-LA) would extend the Hyde Amendment — which bars federal dollars from funding abortions — to all funding disbursed under the healthcare legislation. It would establish a matching arrangement between stability funds and premium tax credits starting in 2019, under which the value of premium tax credits for plans that cover elective abortions would drop to 10 percent and the remaining 90 percent would be available as protected monthly payments to insurers to benefit people reliant on tax credits. This amendment requires 60 votes for passage because it hasn't been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, so the Senate has to waive provisions of the Budget Act. Failed 50-50. 7/27 5pm ET

Daines Amendment: This amendment proposed by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) (who will vote against it) would establish a single-payer healthcare system, and its legislative text is identical that of the Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act as introduced in the House. Daines introduced the amendment to force Senate Democrats to go on record regarding a single-payer healthcare system despite opposing such a system himself. Failed 0-57 with 43 senators voting present. 7/27 2:15pm ET

Heller Amendment: This amendment from Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) would express the sense of the Senate that the Medicaid expansion is a priority and that Obamacare must be improved. Failed 10-90. 7/26 6:10pm ET

Sending the Bill to Committee: This vote will be on another motion to send the bill back to committee and requires a simple majority to be successful. Failed 48-51. 7/26 6:10pm ET

Sending the Bill to Committee: This vote will be on a motion to send the bill to the relevant committees in the Senate for revision, and will require a simple majority to be successful. Failed 48-52. 7/26 3:30pm ET

Repeal and Delay with Paul Amendment: This amendment repeals many core provisions of Obamacare after two years, including the individual & employer mandates, the Medicaid expansion, subsidies to help people buy health insurance, taxes on the wealthy and several sectors of the healthcare industry. Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) amendment would prohibit people from using government subsidies to buy plans that cover abortion. Failed 45-55. 7/26 3:30pm ET

Better Care Reconciliation Act with Cruz / Portman Amendments: This amendment uses the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act as a baseline. It adds to that Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) Consumer Freedom Amendment which would let insurance companies that sell an Obamacare-qualified insurance plan also offer lower-cost plans with less coverage; and Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) amendment providing an additional $100 billion in Medicaid funding. A vote was held on a motion to waive the Budget Act and its 60-vote threshold with respect to this amendment — which was needed because it hasn’t been scored by the Congressional Budget Office. Failed 43-57. 7/25 - 9:55pm ET

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— Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: US Senate / Public Domain)

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  • A
    07/26/2017
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    The majority of Americans are opposed to your actions to repeal the protections of the ACA. You're work to dismantle this life-saving program will not only endanger the lives of hard working Americans but further destabilize the financial stability of the state. You are going to bankrupt citizens in order to give tax cuts to those who are never in want. This should weight heavy on your conscience.

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  • Marc
    07/26/2017
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    You should be ashamed of yourself discussing a "healthcare" bill that removes healthcare & essential benefits. Your decision will have a direct impact on my family and you can rest assured assured that your votes are being closely watched. I plan to be exceptionally engaged in future campaigns. Shameful!!!

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  • Margo
    07/26/2017
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    work with the Democrsts and come up with a humane bill that is actually healthcare . Repealing without replacing is ridiculous and INhumane!!

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  • Lauren
    07/26/2017
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    It's so clear that all of you are in the pockets of corporations. You aren't Christians, you aren't representatives of the people. You are crooks! Plain and simple. How much power do you need? When will you stop hurting others to get ahead. Repeal without a decent replacement plan is cruel and wrong. Do your jobs and actually REPRESENT the people who elected you. The majority or Americans don't want you to repeal this. They want you to make it better and more affordable, not harder to get and more expensive. And where is your compassion?! Cover people with preexisting conditions! And don't say you will but give states loop holes to get around it. We aren't all sheep. We know what you are doing. You are scum!

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  • Speakthetruth
    07/26/2017
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    Work with the democrats and fix the issues of the ACA. You will win more support from both sides --because that is the best step forward.

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  • Will
    07/26/2017
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    This bill is a step backwards. It harms those a HEALTHCARE BILL should help, and helps those who have no need for a healthcare bill. Send this to revision or do away with it entirely.

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  • Follow-NO-One
    07/26/2017
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    If you vote to repeal we will come after your seat. I'm just saying.

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  • Christine
    07/26/2017
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    I support working together to repair the ACA. What the senate republicans are doing is immoral and soul-less.

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  • Tristan
    07/26/2017
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    Please vote no on this bill, do not kick 22 million people off of healthcare. Thousands will die if this bill is passed, vote no.

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  • Anne
    07/26/2017
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    The majority of Americans, lobbying groups, and healthcare industry leaders are against this so called healthcare bill. Its passage will impact millions of Americans and not in a good way. Vote 'No' on any bill that does not help adjust the current legislation to fix some of its flaws. Eliminating the preventative care mandate and coverage of pre-existing conditions is NOT helpful.

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  • Sylvan
    07/26/2017
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    Causing countless millions of Americans to lose their healthcare is not a viable option. Stop wasting taxpayers' time and money and work to improve the ACA, rather than offer unmitigated disaster in its place.

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  • Linda
    07/26/2017
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    Do not repeal the ACA! It is immoral for you to have the best insurance tax payer money can buy, while you try to take away coverage of MILLIONS of Americans. We are watching how you vote. If you're not working for the American people we will work to vote you out of office.

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  • Brian
    07/26/2017
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    Please stop this. This is beyond inhumane, it's outright cruel!

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  • farfarleft
    07/26/2017
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    Every single bill and amendment being considered in the Senate right now will cause millions of people to lose access to health care. Not a single problem currently existing with the ACA would be fixed. Vote no bob everything.

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  • Claude
    07/26/2017
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    Just Like Donal Trump the GOP Congress doesn't have the interest of the American People at heart. It makes you wonder about the people we elect. Let's get rid of the whole bunch. They work for the Rich not the People.

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  • Kimberly
    07/26/2017
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    Shameful. Part-time pols working for only part of the people. You all must go!! ALL republicans are complicit.

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  • JefferyQuigley
    07/26/2017
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    Stop this repeal and replace and begin by creating bills that will make the ACA better for all Americans. What you are trying to do now is divisive, partisan, cold-hearted, and un-American! Healthcare is no place for special interests, it's a place for equal and fair treatment for US citizens.

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  • Jeff
    07/26/2017
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    Stop the madness! We want the ACA fixed not replaced. Start working for the American people again.

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  • Anne
    07/26/2017
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    Vote NO on the repeal and replacement of the ACA. Vote NO also on just repealing the law.

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  • Jason
    07/26/2017
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    The majority of Americans oppose repealing the ACA. Please listen to your constituents and vote no on any repeal. The solution is to build and repair, not to tear down.

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