Healthcare

GOP Senate Approves Obamacare Repeal Resolution

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A group of five Republican senators sought to give committees more time to draft an Obamacare replacement plan by offering an amendment that would extend the deadline until March, but those senators caved last night.

Senator Corker's amendment was withdrawn and Republicans proceeded to vote to repeal Obamacare with no replacement in sight.

Worse of all, they voted a little after 1 a.m. Eastern Time last night.

The presiding officer, Senator Cory Gardner, Republican of Colorado, repeatedly banged his gavel and said the Democrats were out of order because “debate is not allowed during a vote.”

The final vote, which ended just before 1:30 a.m., followed a marathon session in which senators took back-to-back roll call votes on numerous amendments, an arduous exercise known as a vote-a-rama.

Among the amendments offered by Democrats were amendments to protect the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), people with pre-existing conditions, and Medicaid expansion. All of these amendments were rejected.

Now that the resolution that calls for repealing Obamacare has been approved by the Senate, it will head to the House where it will almost certainly be approved.

What happens next is a little less clear. Republican committees in both chambers will have their marching orders to begin the process of repealing Obamacare, but there's still no indication that they have any idea how to do that.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan continues to insist that Obamacare will be repealed and replaced at the same time, but no replacement plan has materialized yet and I don't think we can expect to see a plan materialize in just the next couple months.

The two most likely scenarios at the moment are full repeal of the law with no replacement, or no repeal.

  • Aynwrong

    I hope & pray that karma is already winding up and gathering momentum and comes back to hit soulless bastards in the head like a blunt object.

  • John Howes

    I have a slightly different outlook: Let ’em do what they will. And after a million people die of treatable and/or preventable causes either the country will finally wake up to what a clusterfuck the Republican party is or we will become the third-world country we are so desperately trying to become. Either way, the rest of the world will be better off.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Spoken like someone who doesn’t think they’ll be one of the million.

      • John Howes

        I’m 77 years old. With or without heath care my time is limited anyway.

        • Christopher Foxx

          So you’re suggesting a course of action that will cost you nothing but lead to the death of a million people just to make a point. In other words, you’re saying “I’ve got mine, fuck them.”

          • John Howes

            Not at all, Christopher. What I tried (unsuccessfully, obviously) to point out is the only way too many “conservative” Americans are going to get the message is if they experience first hand the pain of our for-profit health care system. I don’t think they will ever listen. They must be turned away from medical care or watch a loved one die because can’t afford the price. Maybe then they will see the light. I’m not optimistic, however.

          • Christopher Foxx

            Fair enough, John. And I apologize for mis-reading your intent. Far too often we’re seeing people who are not just willing to allow their fellow citizens to be harmed but eager for it to happen. It pushes a button for me.

  • mnpollio

    A little after 1 a.m – because NOTHING is as important to Republicans as robbing people of their health insurance and destroying their health. The only bright side (and I am really reaching here) is that if the repeal happens and millions lose it, be sure to ask those suffering who they voted for. If they say Trump, then tell them what comes around goes around.

  • Draxiar

    Democrats in office, frame the vote as Republicans crusading to kick 20M people off they’re health insurance.

    Don’t be nice.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Don’t be nice.

      Cannot be said often or forcefully enough.

  • muselet

    The Rs don’t have the first clue how to repeal the ACA or what to replace it with, but this is what’s truly important:

    “This is our opportunity to keep our campaign promise,” said Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi. “This is our opportunity to help the president-elect and the vice president-elect keep their campaign promises and show to the American people that elections have consequences.”

    Party before country, optics before substance. Your modern Republican Party at work.

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      Hey, they are doing exactly what they promised. The people who voted for them are the ones to blame for being so ill-informed that they have no idea that Obamacare and the ACA are the same thing. And now they will literally pay with their lives for their ignorance. Unfortunately, so will the rest of us.

      • Christopher Foxx

        “<i.The people who voted for them are the ones to blame for being so ill-informed”

        Yes, but also a supersized portion of the blame goes to the Republican politicians and media which worked tirelessly to keep make them uninformed and keep them that way.

    • Aynwrong

      Soulless monsters. It’s all I got.

  • Badgerite

    Make America Sick Again. And Poor. They can go visit The Wall, though. It will probably stretch about a mile. And do nothing.

  • Well fuck. I hope to hell that Healthnet doesn’t drop my 6 year old because that’s the only way I can get healthcare for him. Stupid, irresponsible fuckers.

    • Scopedog

      Stupid, irresponsible fuckers.

      Not just the GOP, of course, but the people who voted for Trump and the GOP who never realized that the ACA and Obamacare were the same thing, and the far Left idiots who kept playing grab-ass with Stein and Johnson who are still gleeful that “maybe now we’ll get single payer!!”

      They have no plan to repeal or replace. What the fuck are they going to do?

      And just think….the media could have exposed all of this months ago, but emails.

      I really need a drink.

      • muselet

        Hey, it’s five o’clock somewhere.

        –alopecia

      • Well, it’s 5 pm somewhere so “bottoms up”!