Senate GOP Cancels Vote on ACA Repeal Bill
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Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:34 AM

Senate Republicans cancelled a vote planned for this week on the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after it became clear they didn't have enough votes to pass the measure.

But the Republicans are not giving up on the legislation, said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), another co-sponsor of the bill. "It took 18 months to pass Obamacare; it's going to take a while to repeal it. We had 50 votes for the substance, not 50 votes for process." Graham was referring to critics who said the bill was being rushed through without enough hearings or time to deliberate and add amendments.  "With a new process, with more hearings, with regular order ... We're going to get 50 votes," he concluded.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) disagreed. People want to improve the healthcare system, with better healthcare, more people covered, and lower premiums. They don't want to retract the healthcare system and leave people out there to fend for themselves."

Congress is now up against a deadline because health insurers on the ACA's insurance exchanges are finalizing their rates for 2018.