US Senate rejects partial repeal of Obamacare
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
John McCain, for his part, justified his vote by the fact that, according to him, this abrogation of Obamacare is insufficient, and that it is necessary both to abrogate and replace it.
Skinny repeal fell short because it fell short of our promise to repeal & replace Obamacare w/ meaningful reform https://t.co/tZISIvccOO
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 28, 2017
A fatal defection
The Republicans did not intend to make it into a full-blown bill, but rather a basis for negotiations in the back and forth with the House of Representatives. But some Republican senators were afraid that the lower house would change its mind and vote on the bill as it stood, which would automatically send it to President Trump, who would only have to promulgate the law.
Senator McCain and his colleagues Ron Johnson and Lindsey Graham thus threatened Thursday to block the legislative machine by voting against the project. The Republicans hold both Houses of Congress but have only 52 seats out of 100 in the Senate, which makes any defection almost fatal.
A divided party
The Republican party is deeply divided on the question of how to replace the Obamacare. Donald Trump was particularly sensitive to the fate of the text, who never stopped promising during his campaign that he would finish with Obamacare as soon as he arrived in Washington.
The plan included the abolition of several measures introduced by Obamacare, the Obama Presidency’s flagship reform, such as requiring individuals to take out health insurance under penalty of fines, and Their employees.
This reduced reform also provided for the elimination of a tax on manufacturers of medical equipment, but nevertheless maintained several parts of the law passed by the Democratic president.