Everyone can agree Obamacare sucks. It’s expensive and barely covers your needs. One Republican Senator opposed the repeal though. His reasons might concern you. Either way, this terrible healthcare system is on its way out! That is reason to celebrate.
The Senate is already rolling back President Barack Obama’s legacy.
It passed the continuing resolution, S. Con.Res. 3, that tears away the fees, taxes and subsidies from the 201o Patient Protection and Affordable Cart Act, Obamacare, shortly after 1:25 Thursday morning, 51-to-48.
All Republicans, except for Sen. Rand Paul (R.-KY), voted for the resolution. Paul criticized the budget resolution for not addressing the federal debt and for not having a companion replacement bill. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-CA), who is recovering from a scheduled medical procedure was absent from the chamber.
As senators waited for their names to be called by the clerk, Paul approached the clerk’s desk from side and whispered: “No.”
All Democrats and the two Independents who caucus with Democrats voted against the resolution.
Soon after they voted, virtually all Republicans left the floor. Among the handful staying behind were Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-KY) and Majority Whip John Cornyn (R.-Texas), along with Sen. John R. Thune (R.-S.D.), Sen. Roy Blunt (R.-MO) in the front. McConnell sat quietly at his desk, but Cornyn stood tall in the well watching the votes come in.
All of the Democrats did not respond with their names were called off and they sat glumly with their armed crossed or their chins resting on their hand. When the Republicans were done, led by Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D.-N.Y.), each Democrat attempted to make remarks with their vote.
The presiding officer, Sen. Cory Gardner (R.-CO) repeatedly ruled the Democrats out of order: “Debate is not in order during a vote.”
If Gardner was slow to start rapping the palm-held ivory gavel, Cornyn would say in a stern voice: “Point of order.”
Just before the Democrats were done, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-AL) appeared on the floor to cast his vote for repeal and President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department stayed on the Senate floor until the voting was complete.
After the final passage was announced, Sen. David Perdue (R.-Ga.) said he understood that there was more work to do to fix healthcare in America, but it was most important to start.
“Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight,” he said.
“Since President Obama and his Democratic Super Majority crammed this bill through Congress without one Republican vote, we’ve seen premiums and deductibles increase and choices decrease. Many Americans, like me and my wife, had their insurance plans cancelled altogether,” he said.
“The American people are fed-up and went to their polling booths in November to express their outrage,” he said.
The vote came after a seven-hour hour vote-a-rama that dismissed more than 150 amendments one after the other with only two minutes of debate allowed on each side before a 10-minute vote.