It was a first vote of at least two necessary on that plan.
Defunding Planned Parenthood could be challenged by Senate Democrats, who could argue such a step doesn't meet the strict guidelines for reconciliation - the fast-track budget maneuver Republicans are using to repeal ObamaCare because it avoids a Democratic filibuster. As Graham put it, skinny repeal is "the worst possible outcome" because it "would destroy the insurance markets".
Republican senators are also very aware that the "skinny repeal" might not get them any closer to the goal they set from the outset of the process to lower premiums.
If the Senate does pass some form of skinny repeal at some point tonight, that is not the end of the story. "I will not vote for this bill as it is today". I know that colleagues in both parties are eager to do so.
"It's likely that a conference would produce no agreement at all, keeping the incredibly toxic and unpopular Trumpcare bill the topic of conversation for another three months, stalling the legislative agenda for another three months, and in the end getting nothing done", Schumer said.
"I'd rather comment when we see it actually formulated", said Sen.
Senators were initially scheduled to vote on the proposal around mid-day, but that plan was unexpectedly delayed until later in the afternoon.
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The Affordable Care Act, known informally as Obamacare, brought insurance to 20 million previously uninsured Americans and was the signature domestic achievement of former Democratic President Barack Obama. The Portman amendment would have preserved more federal money for Medicaid spending.
The Senate on Wednesday voted against a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with seven Republican senators siding with Democrats.
Barbe joined leaders of the American Hospital Association, AARP and the American Heart Association in calling for lawmakers to drop current repeal efforts and join together in examining ways to reduce cost, expand coverage and improve Medicaid.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMark WilsonThe Senate is in its third day of a debate to reshape the USA healthcare system.
"I would much prefer that we return to committee and go through the normal order".
What was the vote that took place Tuesday night?
A slew of Republican senators openly acknowledged on Thursday that the "skinny repeal" bill wasn't ideal, while some went as far as to blast it as bad policy.
12 p.m. - Senator Bernie Sanders calls Daines amendment an "old political trick"..
GOP single-payer amendment fails in Senate Four GOP senators threaten to block "skinny" repeal GOP senators: House agreeing to go to conference on ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Ohio) on Thursday said he would back a "skinny" ObamaCare repeal bill, another sign of growing momentum for a fall-back healthcare option in the Senate.