Tuesday was a whirlwind of activity, with the Senate first voting to debate on the healthcare issue, only to "decisively" reject the proposal hours later. The proposal, drafted by the Republican party, was part of their ongoing struggle to "repeal-and-replace Obamacare."
Unfortunately for Republicans, not everyone thinks this is a good plan, including some of their own party.
Senator John McCain returned from Arizona to cast his "critical vote for the Republicans." With Republican GOP Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski decidedly against the bill, tensions ran higher than normal during the voting.
According to CNN Politics, "The vote came as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump dared their fellow Republicans to block their seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare."
Wednesday's vote was excusively "repeal-only." Democrats and many Republicans refuse to vote favorably without a replacement plan ready to take the place of Obamacare.
The First Vote
This first vote decided on the measure that "combined a previous Senate proposal." This proposal is known as the Better Care Reconcilliation Act, and would be partnered with approximately $100 billion in extra money for people on Medicaid. Republicans want this money "to allow for bare-bones health insurance plans."
The Better Reconcilliation Act was rejected by several members of the Reublican party, and the amendment was successfully removed by the Democratic party with 57 votes to 43 Republican votes.
The Big Vote
No one knew how the chips would fall until Senators Rand Paul, Dean Heller, Rob Portman, and Shelley Moore Capito showed their respective hands. All four announced their support of the bill, pushing it through and allowing Republicans to continue their revamp of American healthcare.