Barack Obama issues statement, credits supporters who fought Obamacare repeal

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A final U.S. Senate vote on healthcare on the "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act, which would do away with the mandate to buy insurance, was narrowly defeated late Thursday night.

Even President Donald Trump calls the Republican plan mean. Now the GOP faces some tough questions about the likelihood of its "repeal-and-replace" efforts. Dean Heller (NV), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) also voted against the bill, as did all Democrats.

In response to the recent blitz of votes of US Senate Republicans regarding their efforts to endanger healthcare for almost 33 million individuals, Sen.

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Health care advocacy groups, including an array of Jewish organizations, say a repeal could be disastrous, resulting in tens of millions of Americans losing their insurance. "Such changes can be made with narrower reforms that do not jeopardize the access to health care that millions now receive", he added.

"The Affordable Care Act has always been about something bigger than politics - it's about the character of our country", the statement said. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, who had not assured the Senate of his vote prior to the tally. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, majority leader, urged fellow senators not to let this moment slip by. The vote was 49-51 with three Republicans joining all Democrats in voting 'no'.

But health insurers have hemorrhaged money as a result of older and sicker people flooding the market, and Zolbrod noted that Highmark's pulling out of the ACA marketplace past year left UPMC Health Plan as the only government marketplace provider in many counties, including Fayette.

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McConnell put the health bill on hold and announced that the Senate would move onto other legislation next week.

Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of NY, minority leader, stressed that Democrats had been "locked out" of the recent health care debate and he warned that the Republican plan will "certainly mean drastic cuts" in Medicaid and would cause many to lose health care insurance.

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