With the US presidential elections fast approaching, US President Donald Trump is seeking to rally his Conservative base against Obamacare.
The widest-ranging reshaping of the tax code in three decades which is expected to add to the nation's $20 trillion debt legislation will slash tax rates for big business. Senate Democrats are expected to oppose the legislation unanimously.
Any new plan would likely require a 60-vote majority in the Senate to move forward, making Democrat support necessary in any future attempt to change the Affordable Care Act.
Three Republicans crossed party lines to join Democrats in a 49-to-51 vote that killed the bill in a stinging blow to President Donald Trump who had vowed to replace the policy that brought insurance to 20 million previously uninsured Americans.
As the latest Obamacare repeal bill is rejected, Senators are now considering a "skinny" repeal, which would eliminate some parts of the Affordable Care Act, which is unpopular with its critics.
The outcome is a huge relief for President Donald Trump, who has been pushing hard to live up to the party's campaign promises to repeal 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
US President Donald Trump tells lawmakers to forgo their August recess to find common ground on health care as the party was earlier this week left without enough votes to repeal Obamacare.
Senators Mike Lee and Jerry Moran each announced they could not support the bill in its current form, bringing to four the number of Republican senators opposed and effectively killing the revised version of the bill.
US Senate Republicans have doubts that they will be able to repeal Obamacare and pass new healthcare legislation.
The delay is a huge blow to Trump and Republicans who have spent the last seven years plotting an end to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
The 142-page draft repeals most of Obama's health care reforms. The Senate plan phases out the expansion of Medicaid and repeals taxes on the wealthy and insurance companies.
A healthcare bill being unveiled by US Senate Republicans this week is expected to roll back the Obamacare expansion of the Medicaid healthcare programme for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people buying private insurance.
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