Congressional Republicans Abandon Effort to Repeal ObamaCare, Again

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Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz spoke at a Senate Democrat rally held on the day the GOP announced they were dropping the healthcare bill that would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act.

The decision was announced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a lunch with fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill, conceding that they didn't have enough votes.

After the defection of the three senators, the republican majority has been forced to postpone the vote on the repeal of Obamacare.

Before Collins's announcement, Trump expressed frustration that Republicans had talked for years about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act but failed to deliver now that a Republican was in the White House.

The obstructionists were the Democrats, who all opposed the bill, and Senators John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins.

Several Republicans blamed defeat on the rushed and secretive process as they scrambled to meet a September 30 deadline with just one public hearing and said that a more thorough debate would produce legislation that could win support.

If the GOP-controlled Congress wants to repeal the ACA, it will now need to garner Democratic support, or pass a new budget.

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While announcing the demise of the current bill, Republican leaders vowed that they will come back to healthcare once they complete tax overhaul, a task made more hard by their inability to repeal and replace ObamaCare. "We aren't going to be able to do it this week". ".Now we hope that the Republicans don't come back to this bill".

"We haven't given up on changing the American health-care system ..." Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the plug on the latest version of a bill created to dismantle the controversial health law.

"Health care, as far as I am concerned, is over", Sen. "Where we go from here is tax reform".

"I don't know that we've fundamentally changed anything other than we're re-shuffling who gets the money and that's going to make some people happy and embitter other people", Paul said Monday. I believe this is the most important thing I can ever do for the country, working with colleagues, is not to just repeal Obamacare, but to replace it with a system closer to where you live, controlled by people you can vote for. "Get rid of Filibuster Rule!"

Graham said it was "not if but when" Republicans would pass his healthcare bill, but added that there was still work to be done before then.

It remains to be seen whether Schumer can negotiate a deal with President Donald Trump along the lines of the one agreed upon earlier this month with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that temporarily extended the debt ceiling and federal spending. The Republican statement demonstrates that the GOP is on a mission to destroy the U.S. healthcare system.

He and other Democrats called on Republicans to join a bipartisan effort aimed at buttressing Obama's law and stabilizing individual health care markets.

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