How healthcare went from the GOP’s biggest priority after Trump’s election to a total debacle – Business Insider

John McCain
John McCain.


On January 10, just days before his inauguration, President
Donald Trump told The New York Times that Republicans
would have Obamacare repealed
“probably sometime next week.”

Now, as September comes to a close, Obamacare is still the law of
the land (though Trump is
working to undermine that
) and Republicans are no closer to
overhauling their healthcare law than they were when Trump took

The expiration of the
2017 budget reconciliation rules
, which
allowed the GOP to pass a bill
repealing and replacing
Obamacare without being subject to a Democratic filibuster in the
Senate, it will likely be months before the party can attempt a
repeal again.

The formal process all started back in March, with
the release of the American Health Care Act
from the House
GOP leadership. The drama featured not one, but two
failed votes
both chambers of Congress
. There were seven different plans,
a slew of edits, and many more ideas thrown around.

Here’s a breakdown of every major plan from Republicans to repeal
the law, and the ultimate fate:

The most drama came from the Senate, as John McCain’s
momentous thumbs down
brought down the “skinny repeal” bill
and seemed to kill the Obamacare repeal effort (and, let’s be
honest, the Graham-Cassidy push was more of a sputtering epilogue
than an honest threat to pass).

Just because McCain produced the drama, doesn’t mean he was the
only senator to oppose one of the various ideas put forth by
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Republican senators from
across the party’s ideological spectrum took issue with the plans
at various points. In all, 13 of the 52 GOP senators said they
would vote against a healthcare bill at some point.

Here’s the breakdown of Republican defectors for each Senate

This does not mean, however, that the Obamacare repeal effort is

The GOP can include reconciliation instructions in upcoming
budgets, meaning the next attempt to dismantle President Obama’s
signature achievement
could come in just a few months.


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