Republicans Accept Defeat Over Healthcare


Defeat has been accepted by Senate Republicans after they lost their last effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There is no hope for the latter being replaced. Senator Lindsay Graham, the sponsor of the latest effort, continues to say that the GOP will make good of the promises they made to their voters. Other Senate Republicans have also vowed not to give up. They have, however, abandoned all plans for a vote in recent times.

No votes, no bill pass

The ACA, popularly known as Obamacare, is a thorn in the Republican side. The authors of the repeal and replace bill have acknowledged that votes are not available to pass a critical deadline at weekend. President Donald J. Trump is angry at a few Republicans. Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader of the House has announced that the concentration of the GOP administration will now revert back to tax reform.

McConnell, after a closed-door lunch, told reporters that the Republicans have decided not to hold any votes. He said that the GOP continues to strive to change the healthcare system in America. It is clear that the Republicans are now moving towards reforming the US tax system. When the GOP members emerged from their meeting, Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona answered in the negative when reporters asked him about voting plans. This setback has struck the GOP hard. The results destroyed the promise the Republicans have made to the voters for the last seven years. The latest effort for the bill was made by Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Bill Cassidy. However, opposition came from a number of Republican senators. They played a crucial role in sinking the Senate which itself was narrowly divided from the start. The Democrats were totally unified in opposing it.

Loss making proposition

Analysis of the Republican proposed bill showed that Washington DC, along with 34 states will lose a lot of money due to the healthcare bill. This would have occurred even after any last-minute changes were made to this legislation. States would receive about $205 billion less when it comes to money for federal healthcare during the 2020 to 2026 period. This particular analysis was done by Avalere Health, a consulting firm. The losing states are those which have expanded Medicare to include adults having low income. Loss-making states are also ones where a large number of people have signed up for their subsidized health insurance provided by the private sector.

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