WASHINGTON (ABC NEWS) – Meanwhile, a victory for the president on Tuesday after lawmakers voted to continue debate on a health care overhaul bill.
It was a 50/50 vote, with the vice president casting the tie breaking vote.
Then, legislators voted last night to repeal and replace Obamacare, but that vote had a different outcome.
Less than a week after going public with his brain cancer diagnosis, Senator John McCain swooping in to cast a critical vote on health care and deliver a no-nonsense call to action for his senate colleagues. He said “We’ve been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That’s an approach that’s been employed by both sides.”
With McCain’s help, and a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, republicans narrowly voted to begin debate on their health care overhaul plans.
Protestors then interrupted, making their voices heard from the senate gallery and democrats joined in outside the Capitol.
Senator Merkley stated “How about if we fill the streets outside republican offices across America.”
Senator Franken added “We don’t know what their (republicans’) bill is. They don’t know what their bill is.”
President Trump celebrated at a rally in Ohio Tuesday evening. He stated “We’re now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this Obamacare nightmare.” But the celebration was short lived. Late Tuesday night the senate voted on a comprehensive bill to repeal and replace much of the affordable care act. The motion failed by a vote of 57-43, an indicator of the long road ahead for republicans.
Today the Senate will consider a separate bill to repeal Obamacare-with a two year expiration date. That would give lawmakers time to come up with a replacement, an idea several republicans have already said they would not support.