Democrats Win Again As Straight Obamacare Repeal Goes Down In Flames In The Senate

Democrats won again as the straight up repeal of Obamacare was defeated in the Senate.

Senate Republicans couldn’t get a simple majority for the straight repeal that they Republicans voted for in 2015.

Bernie Sanders and Ron Wyden engaged in a spirited healthcare discussion, along with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) before the vote:

Before the vote, Democrats didn’t even bother to raise a point of order, which meant that they were extremely confident that that vote would fail.

The usual Republican suspects voted for the bill, but Susan Collins (R-ME), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John McCain (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH). and Dean Heller (R-NV) voted no. The seven Republican no votes combined with all Democrats voting no meant that the amendment was defeated.

Straight Obamacare repeal was never going to pass. Rand Paul demanded a vote on straight repeal. He got it, and he lost.

The big main event is the “skinny” Obamacare repeal bill that will come up either on Thursday or Friday. A defeat of the skinny bill that would double the cost of premiums and take healthcare away from 15 million people, would kill the effort to repeal the ACA.