Following health care vote, Trump singles out Murkowski with critical tweet

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., leaves the chamber as the Republican-run Senate rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law and give Congress two years to devise a replacement, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the Capitol in Washington.

The state waivers would have built on an existing Obamacare program that allows states to pursue their own health care plans.

Democrats will want to inflict as much pain as possible on Republicans and force them to take as many damaging political votes as they can.

While the straight Obamacare repeal amendment failed, that does not mean the entire bill is dead. Dean Heller (R-NV), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Rand Paul (R-KY) voted against the measure.

It's the version of a bill Senate Republicans already had rebelled against earlier this month, and because the amendment required 60 votes for passage, it failed easily, with only 43 GOP senators backing it.

Senate Republicans now face a choice between several contrasting options: a discarded and possibly untenable plan to replace Obamacare; a measure that repeals it without implementing a replacement; and a so-called "skinny repeal".

Of the current Republican senators, only moderate Susan Collins of ME opposed a similar repeal bill passed in 2015 but vetoed by then-President Barack Obama.

With other plans looking destined to fail, Republicans are considering a "skinny repeal" of Obamacare in hopes of just keeping the repeal process alive. But it would also have kept in place certain insurance-market reforms, including a requirement for insurers to guarantee coverage for pre-existing conditions.

"A balanced risk pool requires enrollment of healthy individuals to keep premiums affordable and stable", Shari Westerfield, vice president of the academy's health practice council, wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday. He went on to note that many insurers submitted two sets of rates to state regulations for 2018, including a "worst-case" scenario with higher premiums ― in part, to protect against the possibility of individual mandate repeal.

"Pilots like to know where they're going to land when they take off", Alexander said, "and we should too". Of the seven senators who voted against repealing Obamacare on Wednesday, six voted for the exact same bill in 2015 under President Obama, who vetoed the legislation.

Repealing the mandate would leave 15 million fewer people with health insurance over a decade than under the current law, according to a Congressional Budget Office review past year.

The Senate effort to repeal Obamacare may have lost a lot of muscle.

Although they control the Senate, Republicans do so only by a bare majority. Seven Republicans, however, bucked leadership and refused to support the proposal without a ready replacement. The biggest factor is the CBO's estimate that simply repealing the mandate could fatally undermine the ACA, and cause 15 million people to lose insurance within 10 years. Under the complex rules governing how the legislation is being considered, the debate will culminate at some point Thursday afternoon or evening in a freakish exercise called a "vote-a-rama" during which unlimited amendments can be offered by all sides in rapid succession.

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