NY lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans alike, say they are looking for bipartisan solutions now that the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has collapsed, but they are divided over how best to solve the problem.
But Republican leaders announced Tuesday they would not call the repeal bill for a vote because it didn't have the support needed to pass.
A decision on the Graham-Cassidy Senate healthcare bill was made before there was even a vote cast.
The Cassidy-Graham bill would have repealed the mandate that individuals have health insurance and it allowed states to repeal other regulations, including a ban on insurers charging higher premiums to people with medical conditions. Susan Collins announced her opposition to the bill, making her the third Republican senator to defect. Prior to Collins' announcement, Sens. John McCain and Rand Paul. Collins stated that she could not support the health care proposal until it received a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, which it would not have before the reconciliation deadline.
"We'll have time to explain our concept we will have a better process and we will take this show on the road", Graham said. Second, Republicans have been unable to muster 50 votes for any repeal effort, regardless of policy, and finding that breakthrough during an election year raises a whole new set of political issues for the conference.
"It is just a matter of time until we fulfill our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with something far better". "We hope that the Republicans don't come back to this bill".
"Instead of trying to cut health care, we Democrats are ready, willing and eager to work to improve our health care system", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. "You know what? The real question is, 'What do we do?' What do we do now?" Under budget reconciliation rules that expire September 30, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs 50 votes for passage.
The Graham-Cassidy Bill among other things, proposed to eliminate Obamacare's key mandatory provision of fining citizens who do not obtain health insurance. "And I guess we can go to work with the Senate having a priority on regular order".
"[Trump] made that clear that if he didn't get what he wanted, he was going to work with Democrats on a plan", Democratic Rep. Richard Neal of MA said after the meeting. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of SC.
"I've been told by people it makes it extremely complicated, and what I want to do is take health care up in the most advantageous way, to understand what we're doing", he said.
Earlier Tuesday, Trump lashed out at GOP lawmakers for deserting the measure, telling reporters, "We are disappointed in certain so-called Republicans".