Trumpcare flatlines in the Senate

WASHINGTON DC —  After seven years of persistent attempts to repeal Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act yet again survives Republicans’ last ditch effort to dismantle President Obama’s signature legislation in the Senate.
The so-called “skinny repeal bill” that would have eliminated parts of Obamacare flatlined, after three Republican senators including John McCain crossed the aisle to vote with the Democrats, ending in a dramatic 49 to 51 vote early morning Friday.

“This is clearly a disappointing moment,” said Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. “We worked hard and everybody on this side can certainly attest to the fact that we worked really hard, to try to develop a consensus for a better way forward.”

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says the skinny repeal bill is not so skinny after all.

“They may call it ‘skinny,’ but it is huge in terms of cost increases and coverage losses it will cause for hardworking American families. The congressional budget office found that the premiums will soar, plans will evaporate, and millions of families will lose health coverage.”

Obamacare lives on, but the future of America’s healthcare is still uncertain, as the President vowed to let it fail.

In a 2 a-m tweet, President Donald Trump said “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down.”

Trump also tweeted: “Let Obamacare implode, then deal. Watch!”

For this Filipino healthcare professional in Jersey City, there’s a big reason why Democrats and some Republicans were not on board to dismantle Obamacare and replace it with Trumpcare.

“Because they understand Trumpcare doesn’t really cover anything, there is no care at all when it comes to patients, it’s all a matter of who is profiting,” said Greg Lanez.

Lanez, who works for a global biopharmaceutical company engaged in innovative therapies for the treatment of cancer supports the refinement of the ACA, instead of repealing and replacing it.

He says many cancer patients will not get their much needed treatment without Obamacare.

“There’s plenty of patients that have Affordable Care but if they don’t have that coverage especially cancer patients, as a company we are dedicated to be able to help those patients that lose their insurance coverage but how about the other patients that need other types or therapies.”

With this latest legislative failure, Republican lawmakers say they’ll move on to other business like tax reform — hoping for a win that will help push President Trump’s agenda forward.

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  • Mario
    30 July 2017 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Democrat turn to repair Obamacare,Trump won the Presidency because of Obamacare being expensive and Obama promised 28 times “you can keep your Doctor, healthcare and a savings of $2500/year”.The result the Democrat loses 900+ State legislator, 12 Governors,70 House seats and 13 Senate seats. If the Dems can not bring DOWN the cost of Obamacare premium they will loss more seats.There are 13 Dems re-electionist on 2018 and Trump won 80% votess into their State.Insurance carrier are getting out from Obamacare,therefore Obamacare will implode(collapse) by itself, how will the Democrat resolve the problem. The GOP only need 3 turn coat from the Democrat to continue with the repeal. The Democrat has no choice but to join/work/support the GOP to continue the repeal. In my opinion in 2 wks, GOP will try again for the last time to repeal Obamacare. Trumpcare will be better, the GOP does not want to loss over 1000 electoral seats. After 6 months,Trump GDP rises to 2.6% and Obama was the 1st Prez re-elected with 1.9% GDP, history tell us, with 2% GDP, the incumbent Prez will be re-elected..