Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began a successful "motion to proceed" vote on the chamber's Obamacare repeal bill around 2:30 pm Tuesday.
Given the continued importance of the BCRA to the ongoing repeal and replace debate in the Senate, in this week's "Manatt on Health", we update and reissue our two prior newsletters unpacking the implications of the BCRA.
While the ACA is not flawless, GOP replacement bills proposed so far would result in millions more Americans without health care coverage. The health of our country is falling behind.
After casting his "yea" vote on the motion to proceed, McCain then called for bipartisan solutions.
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Senate passage of a health care bill would set up discussions with the House, which approved its version in May.
The study showed that although there were reductions in health insurance access gaps, many residents with annual incomes of less than $25,000 remained without coverage in 2015 - 35 percent in non-Medicaid expansion states and 21 percent in expansion states.
"The American people will not sit by and be taken back to a time where people with pre-existing conditions died of easily treatable diseases, and people paid more for less comprehensive health care", said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of the pro-women's equality group UltraViolet.
Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, who has consistently opposed the GOP efforts, were the only Republican Senators to oppose the motion in addition to all Democrats.