Republicans voted to move forward on health care reform today, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. Senate GOP leaders, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who returned to the Senate after recently being diagnosed with brain cancer, successfully passed a motion to open up debate on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
Minutes after the vote, President Donald Trump thanked Republican lawmakers, saying, "Now we move forward towards truly great health care for the American people … this is a truly great step."
After a seven-year stalemate, the vote was a turning point for GOP attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare. However, it’s only the first step toward what is now being called “the skinny bill,” meaning that only a small percentage of proposed changes to Obamacare are likely to pass.
“Obviously we should be repealing all of Obamacare,” said Betsy McCaughey, senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, former lieutenant governor of New York and author of “Beating Obamacare,” who joined Dana Loesch today on “Dana.”
“I get the feeling that some Democrats are hoping to make this last," noted Dana, "so that the midterm election is sort of a referendum on Obamacare all over again.”
“It’s not going to happen,” answered McCaughey. “I’m not a betting woman, but I’m putting my money on this happening.”