Senate votes down its own version of Trumpcare

[private]The Senate killed its own version of Trumpcare Tuesday night, voting 57-43 against the healthcare bill on a procedural vote.

It was just one of several votes that senators will be taking this week as they attempt to come up with some version of a bill that would repeal and possibly replace the Affordable Care Act.

Nine Republicans joined with 48 Democratic senators to vote down the bill, formally known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, that would have cut about $700 billion in Medicaid funding and would have allowed insurers to sell stripped-down versions of healthcare plans.

Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue voted to pass the bill, just as they voted earlier in the day for a motion that allowed the Senate to move to the Tuesday night vote.  That “motion to proceed” passed 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence providing the tie-breaking vote.

The Republicans voting against the bill were Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mike Lee, Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, Dean Heller, Jerry Moran, and Tom Cotton.

The next vote on the healthcare issue is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon:  a vote to repeal Obamacare straight up, without a replacement.

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