Senate must go to 51 vote majority — Trump

Mike Lee Utah

Repeal and delay, as some are calling the latest in more than seven years of Republican attempts to kill the Affordable Health Care Act, is guaranteed to skyrocket premiums and force even more insurance companies to leave the health care exchanges.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin told reporters Tuesday it's now time to begin a bipartisan fix to the Affordable Care Act and that should begin with the former governors in the Senate, Manchin said. "That we have the Senate, House and White House and we have to do it or we're going to look terrible".

Trump's campaign pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare has not gone as smoothly as he perhaps expected, initially seeing a vote on the House health care bill delayed after failing to find widespread support.

"Let Obamacare fail", US President Donald Trump said after senators from his Republican Party broke ranks and opposed repealing the health care law, leaving them short of votes.

McConnell acknowledged that his conference does not now have the votes it needs to pass its healthcare bill. "They know their states better and they know the struggles their states are having and they know how to govern here", Manchin said. Dems will join in!

"This second failure of Trumpcare is proof positive that the core of this bill is unworkable".

Here's the problem. Obamacare is in the middle of a tailspin.

John McCain (R-AZ) still recovering from surgery in Arizona, Capito's defection ensures that McConnell doesn't have the 50 votes he needs to advance the bill - at least not until McCain returns.

Further, Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas tells NPR's Susan Davis, there are probably "five or six" Republicans in total who are against the motion.

If McConnell can sway these hesitant moderate senators to get behind the partial repeal, the legislation will most likely pass through the Senate.

"But they're in the minority", a reporter pointed out.

On Monday two more Republican senators announced that they would defect from the Senate GOP camp and vote against the unpopular Senate healthcare bill that was meant to replace the ACA. "When my kids were little, we had an issue to solve, we had a family call".

McConnell could afford to lose only two members of his caucus in the Senate where Republicans hold a slim 52-seat majority.

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