After Sens. Rand Paul (KY) and Susan Collins (ME) both announced that they would vote against moving the health care bill forward, Democrats need just one more Republican no vote to firmly kill the legislation and save Obamacare.
Two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, said Thursday afternoon they will oppose a procedural vote next week to bring the bill to the floor. GOP leaders are putting immense pressure on about half a dozen other Republican senators not to join them and topple the entire effort. Another “no” is enough to kill the bill, and would also likely lead to mass defections….Undecided Republicans include Lee and Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Rob Portman of Ohio, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Dean Heller of Nevada, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.
If one of these undecided Senators votes no, Trumpcare will be dead, and Obamacare will remain the law of the land. Both Heller and Portman have been lobbied by Republican governors in their home states who oppose the bill. If the governors continue to oppose the legislation, it will be difficult for both of the two Senators to support moving forward.
The situation is so bad for the Trumpcare bill that some Republicans are suggesting that even getting the bill to the floor for debate and a final vote would be a victory. Mitch McConnell and his Senate Republican leadership still don’t have the votes needed to move the bill forward, so now is the time to get on the phone and tell those undecided Senators to vote no.
No one thought it was possible after Trump and the Republicans took control of the Congress and the White House, but Democrats are one vote away from victory. The ACA will only be saved if you tell these Senators that they must vote no on cloture.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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