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Artículo John McCain serves final blow to Republican Obamacare 'skinny repeal' hopes News

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John McCain serves final blow to Republican Obamacare 'skinny repeal' hopes

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Playground Redaccion

28 Julio 2017 12:40

A Senate showdown imploded for Republicans

Wanting to dismantle something called the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is itself morally questionable: surely, making access to healthcare less expensive should always be welcomed. Well, not for the Trump administration, which has been hoping to peel back Barack Obama’s medical legacy since election campaigning. After a dramatic night of debating in the Senate on Capitol Hill on Thursday, a push to roll back Obamacare collapsed in spectacular fashion.

Republican Senators were expected to achieve a majority in a vote for a so-called ‘skinny repeal’ of Obamacare following lengthy back-and-forth on the floor. However, in the early hours of Friday morning, the policy proposal tanked at 49 in favour to 51 against. The opposition majority comprised 48 Democrats and three Republicans.

Maverick Arizona senator John McCain dealt the final blow by voting down the ‘skinny repeal’, and with it Trump’s first legislative victory in a turbulent six months in office. The pair have been at political odds with one another since Trump famously mocked him as ‘not a war hero’ in 2016. McCain, who returned to Washington this week after being diagnosed with brain cancer, was joined by fellow Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in voting against repealing the Affordable Care Act. In an analysis released about an hour after the bill was filed, the non-partisan congressional budget committee estimated that 15 million people would lose their cover if it passed and premiums would rise by 20%. Tantrum Trump came out to play on Twitter early on Friday morning where he revealed hopes for Obamacare to completely collapse. He said: ‘3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!

Nearly 20 million people gained healthcare coverage under Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The law requires all Americans to have insurance or face a penalty fee. It also offers state funding incentives to expand Medicaid coverage for people with low incomes.

 

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