Healthcare has been a topic of strong debate ever since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. The Trump Administration has been trying desperately hard to repeal Obamacare, with many attempts at new healthcare bills, and having them fail every time, this time as it died in the senate.
Senator John Mccain, who was out of the senate while he was being diagnosed and treated for brain cancer, cast the final vote to defeat the proposal. Many other republicans opposed the bill as well, mostly senators Susan Collins of Maine and senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The two women opposed it due to the repeal’s refusal to cover STD care and contraception coverage for women, and it’s attacks on Planned Parenthood as a whole.
John Mccain wrote on his Twitter after the fact: “Skinny repeal fell short because it fell short of our promise to repeal & replace Obamacare w/ meaningful reform.” Many had disagreements, but voted for the bill after an assurance that they will have negotiations. Senator Linsey Graham claimed before voting that “I’m not going to vote for a bill that is terrible policy and horrible politics just because we have to get something done.”
Skinny Repeal is the new nickname for the repeal, because it was thought to be more modest than the other repeal attempts by the GOP. Although the attempt was still far too broad. It also would have caused many issues, such as leaving 15 million people uninsured, as well as increase healthcare premiums by 20%. It would also have gotten rid of the individual mandate, which forced people to get healthcare or take a tax penalty. This would have left insurance companies with sicker, more costly customers, and would have raised the premiums even more.
48 Democrats and 3 Republicans were against the bill, which was upsetting for Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who spent months devising a repeal that would appeal to both the moderate and the extreme conservatives. This upset many Republicans, as well as Trump himself, who said on Twitter:
“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”
All three healthcare repeals have been shot down, but this time might be the last time in awhile. According to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer:“We are relieved that millions and millions of people who would have been so drastically hurt by the three proposals put forward will at least retain their health care, be able to deal with pre-existing conditions.”
The repeal may never take place, but if it does happen, a well-worded and well-rounded policy would be the best bet for any change that healthcare goes through. As of now, that does not seem feasible.