Republican senators release statement about failed Affordable Care Act repeal

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"You don't have one Democrat vote for it..."

In an attempt to keep the bill alive, Graham and Cassidy made last-minute changes over the weekend, including the provision of more funds for states with senators less in favour of the legislation. Lindsey Graham of SC drafted the latest attempt at scrapping the seven-year-old law.

"Am I disappointed? Absolutely", he said after a GOP lunch attended by Vice President Mike Pence.

Republicans have a narrow 52-48 advantage in the Senate, meaning a bill fails if three of them vote against a bill and Democrats stand together.

In July, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) cast the deciding vote against repealing Obamacare, complaining about the rushed process.

"We're going to get there", Graham said.

The deal would have given block grants to states to allow them to craft their own unique plan to administer a federally backed health care plan. "To the American people we are going to improve health care because at the end of the day that's the only promise that matters". "We haven't given up on that".

"Now, it is time for Congress to move forward in a bipartisan fashion to stabilize markets, protect Medicaid and ensure access to health care for our constituents". Earlier that morning, Sen.

"At some point, there will be a repeal and replace", he told reporters at the White House.

"It was changed over the weekend.It's not a good way to legislate in an area that affects one-sixth of the economy and millions of people in our country", said Collins.

The decision apparently was made in a closed-door meeting. Sen. "We're moving into tax reform".

Republicans were visibly frustrated with the outcome.

"I went on national television to do my best to defend it".

What comes next? Hmm, seems like speculation on when Congress can next wedge a Republican-votes-only ACA repeal bill into the schedule. John Kennedy of Louisiana. "Involve both sides and the health care industry along with the health insurance providers".

Later, after the announcement of the bill's demise, Schumer called for a bipartisan approach. "We'll get there", he added.

However, even though they're not voting on it now doesn't mean the GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare are entirely over, according to Sen. The estimates we've seen are alarming: Brookings estimates that 32 million Americans will lose insurance under this proposal - 15 million in the first two years - and the Center for American Progress estimates 839,000 Virginians would lose coverage. Rick Santorum, an adviser to Graham and Cassidy's bid. 30 deadline-after which Republicans would need an impossible 60 votes to pursue further action. But the bipartisan effort stopped when the last-ditch Obamacare repeal appeared to be gaining momentum, and it now looks stalled. "They feel confident they can get to 50".

The Senate will not vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal Obamacare, Republican leaders announced Tuesday. "The more senators who oppose Graham-Cassidy, the less likely that yet another version of Trumpcare will emerge". On Tuesday, he said he would consult with Murray to try to find consensus on steps that would help in 2018 and 2019.

"And now - the two weeks since our last hearing have been wasted, two weeks of partisanship and dysfunction". "So let's pick back up right where we left off and let's do it right now".

But the fate of the bill was sealed when Collins and Sen.

Democrats kept up their pressure for killing the bill. They don't care who they hurt. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. But we've had a hard time articulating what we're for until now.

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