The Republicans have been working around the clock to come up with a bill that can repeal and replace former President Obama’s signature law, Obamacare. However, after many failed attempts they just can’t seem to find the support to make it happen. In fact, according to The Hill, Senate Republicans have decided to forego the vote on their latest Affordable Care Act repeal bill. This decision is a huge indication that their latest last-ditch effort has failed. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said: “We don’t have the votes so it’s probably best we don’t do the vote. We’ve lost this battle, but we’re going to win the war.”
The last-ditch measure was sponsored by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) The legislation would tare apart ObamaCare’s insurance subsidy program and Medicaid expansion and convert their funding into block grants to states. Sen Cassidy admitted to reporters: “We don’t have the votes. We made the decision since we don’t have the votes, we’re going to postpone it.”
What’s more, Sen. Graham said the fight to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will resume after Congress tries to move a tax reform package and expressed confidence his bill will eventually muster 50 votes. “It’s not if, only a matter of when,” Graham said, referring to the timing when the measure becomes law.
However, the two Senators are launching a marketing and PR strategy to get the support they need down the road. “We’re going to take our show on the road,” Graham asserted. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) both went on the record to say they would not vote for the bill last week. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said: “I think we’re close and we need to continue working.” Will the Republicans ever give up their fight to destroy Obamacare?