Reform movement joins health advocacy groups in urging rejection of Obamacare repeal

Reform movement joins health advocacy groups in urging rejection of Obamacare repeal

That's an understatement as many low- to medium-income Americans are about to find out when the rug is pulled out from under them.

During the procedural vote on the Senate floor, 50 Republicans voted yes and two GOP senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - voted no, along with the Senate's 48 Democrats. Now the GOP faces some tough questions about the likelihood of its "repeal-and-replace" efforts.

Obama spoke out on Facebook after Senate Republicans released their health care bill in late June.

As the Senate goes through this unprecedented facade of a legislative process, we must remain vigilant - because everything they have proposed thus far would devastate the health, wellbeing and dignity of our community. "Our lives depend on it, and our senators promised to protect us - now we promise to make sure their constituents know how they voted".

Trump has also complained that three Republican senators voted with Democrats to block the way. "Such changes can be made with narrower reforms that do not jeopardize the access to health care that millions now receive", he added.

"We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation's governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people".

The Alabama Republican said Friday on CNN that McConnell should press the Senate to pass a rewrite of President Barack Obama's signature law - or step aside.

In a statement following defeat of the measure on a 49-51 vote, the California Democrat says, "The American people have spoken loud and clear against the higher costs and monstrous cruelty of Trumpcare".

"My experience has been if you really want to screw something up, put the government in charge of it", Blair countered, saying that he is "not all that enamored" with the possibility of a single-payer health care system, even as it gains popularity amid the legislative back-and-forth regarding health care on Capitol Hill.

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