28 Jul Late Night Votarama in the Senate

By Congressional standards, last night was a very exciting night in the Senate.  A “votarama” had been slated for later in the day, and voting for the “skinny” version of the repeal and replacement Image-1of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to be a part of this voting session.  After John McCain’s (R-Arizona) speech on the Senate floor earlier this week following his cancer diagnosis, many on both sides of the aisle wondered which way he would vote on an ACA repeal and replace bill.  At about 1:30AM local Washington D.C. time, we received our answer.  McCain’s “no” vote combined with the same from Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) resulted in 49 aye’s to 51 no’s, eliminating the opportunity for Vice President Mike Pence to act as a tie-breaking vote, as many anticipated may be the result.

The speech given by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell following the conclusion of the vote did not portray a motivation toward making another run at a repeal and replacement of the ACA.  Rather, at this point it appears the next step may be a bipartisan attempt to pass legislation that will remedy some of the failure points of the ACA.  However, it is not certain that sufficient Republican support can be wrangled in order to pass such a bill.  We will be watching…

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