Posted by Brandon Jarvis
Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally achieved a (semi) win with the GOP members barely voting with a majority on healthcare. The vote was for a motion to move to repeal and replace Obamacare. (50-50, with VP Pence casting the tie-breaking yes vote) This does not immediately repeal, or replace anything however. The Senate will now debate for 20 hours over amendments to the bill. Many GOP Senators stated that they will not vote for the current bill, even though they voted to move forward on the debate. It goes unsaid that ZERO of the Democrats will vote for any type of repeal of Obamacare. Democrats have repeatedly said that they are open to working on Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) to fix the problems they are experiencing. But, so far the Republicans have shown no interest in working with their colleagues across the aisle. The Republicans have a 52 Senator majority. That means that with VP Pence casting a tie-breaking vote, they can only afford to lose 2 Senators.
Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement in response to the Senate’s vote today in support of the motion to proceed on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act:
“Congressional Republicans once again are hastily working to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and rip away health coverage from tens of millions of Americans. This process has been negotiated in secret and there is no clear path forward. Both the House and Senate versions to replace the ACA would leave hundreds of thousands of Virginians without insurance, decimate our state budget, and severely impact our ability to provide quality health care coverage and long-term care for those who need it the most. On behalf of all hard-working Virginia families, I urge the Senate to reject any legislation repealing the ACA. Instead, let us work together in a bipartisan manner to improve the ACA, stabilize our private health insurance markets, and increase health insurance coverage for all Americans.”