Sen. McCain Calls For Compromise In Return To Senate Floor

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The Senate's effort to pass a stripped-down version of an Obamacare repeal measure - the so-called "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act - failed during a vote, 49-51, held shortly around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

The defeat of the bill means that the massive expansion of health care coverage engineered by President Obama and a Democratic Congress in 2010 survives as the law of the land-albeit under continuing threat of sabotage by the Trump administration. "But you can't have everything".

By voting on a partial repeal bill, Republicans would avoid heated debates within their party over cuts to Medicaid, subsidies for private insurance, and which Obamacare regulations to change or eliminate. With Democrats unanimously opposed, the slender 52-48 GOP majority was divided among itself over what it could agree to. Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME joined Mr McCain in voting no.

Senate Democrats were joined in opposition by three Republicans - Maine's Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Arizona's John McCain.

"I want to thank Senator John McCain - very courageous man".

Whether that honor was in service to Americans in need, his defense bill or perhaps the long-term interests of a GOP that had walked to the edge of the plank, the Navy veteran wouldn't let his fellow Republicans jump into the chaotic seas below. The Washington Post described it as "The night John McCain killed the GOP's health-care fight".

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He added, "We are relieved, not for ourselves, but for the American people".

Underscoring the House's view of where the fault lie, leaders opened a morning meeting of the chamber's GOP lawmakers by playing audio of Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", which recounts the 1975 wreck of a freighter in Lake Superior.

Ryan responded not long after with a discursive and far from definitive statement that blamed the Senate for being unable to pass anything, but said, "if moving forward requires a conference committee, that is something the House is willing to do".

One moderate Republican said Trump shared responsibility for the bill's breakdown. "Don't let the American people down!" "Outsourced the whole issue to Congress".

The skinny bill would retroactively repeal the Obamacare penalty on individuals who do not purchase health insurance, repeal for eight years a penalty on certain employers who do not provide employees with health insurance and repeal a medical device tax through the end of 2020.

Then it was up to the Senate, where the only solution Mitch McConnell could come up with to get the 50 votes he needed was no solution at all. "I regret that our efforts were not enough, this time".

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"It's time to move on", he said.

The Senate's healthcare failure called into question the Republican Party's ability to govern even as it controls the White House, Senate and House of Representatives.

Conservative Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., who's running for a vacant Senate seat, suggested it was time for McConnell to relinquish his post.

Just three days ago, Trump praised McCain as a courageous "American hero" for coming back to Washington from Arizona, where he had been recuperating from surgery, to take part in the healthcare legislative effort. Republicans in both chambers have made it clear they'll stop at nothing to enact their risky agenda. As he was speaking to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. "It doesn't solve the problems with the Affordable Care Act". Centene CEO Michael Neidorff said Tuesday the company's marketplace business "continues to be particularly strong".

Later Wednesday, the Senate voted down two more proposals related to health care.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in a statement earlier on Thursday, expressed his willingness to negotiate with the Senate on drafting a bill that could be signed by Trump, reports Efe news.

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