Dems tout failure of GOP healthcare bill

Dems tout failure of GOP healthcare bill
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerA renewed emphasis on research and development funding is needed from the government Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs Trump may be DACA participants' best hope, but will Democrats play ball? MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday touted the Republican collapse of its healthcare plan as “proof positive” that the legislation is “unworkable.”

“This second failure of #Trumpcare is proof positive that the core of this bill is unworkable. #ProtectOurCare,” Schumer wrote on Twitter.

 

“Rather than repeating the same failed, partisan process yet again, Republicans should start from scratch and work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long term stability to the markets and improves our health care system,” the Senate minority leader said in a statement. 

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream On The Money: Deficit rises to record .7 trillion amid pandemic: CBO | Democrats sidestep budget deal by seeking 0B in emergency spending | House panel advances spending bill with funding boost to IRS Biden-Sanders unity task force calls for Fed, US Postal Service consumer banking MORE (I-Vt.) said he's "delighted" to see GOP senators fleeing from the chamber's latest version of an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill. 

"I am delighted to see that the disastrous Republican health care plan will not succeed," he wrote in a statement.

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"The American people want to proceed to health care for all, not see 22 million Americans thrown off of the health care they currently have. This is a great victory for the millions of Americans who stood up and fought back against this dangerous legislation."

The comments come after Sens. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranWatchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' probe report Senate Democrats push federal agencies to combat coronavirus scams and robocalls Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Mayor Quinton Lucas MORE (R-Kan.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases Senate panel votes 21-1 to back Justice IG measure over Graham objections MORE (R-Utah) late Monday said they will oppose the motion to proceed on the legislation, effectively stalling the bill in the upper chamber. 

Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayGOP Health Committee chair says he disagrees with Trump's WHO decision Lobbying battle brewing over access to COVID-19 vaccine Trump officials seek to reassure public about safety of a potential coronavirus vaccine MORE (D-Wash.) used the opportunity to call on Republicans to work with Democrats on an ObamaCare overhaul.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee responded to the news Monday night with a statement that targets vulnerable GOP Sens. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (Nev.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE (Ariz.).

“Two of the most vulnerable incumbents stand out tonight for what they failed to do and that's stand up for their constituents. GOP leadership thought they could buy off Senator Heller's support, while Senator Flake embraced an amendment that groups like the AARP and the American Medical Association said would leave patients with preexisting conditions without coverage and dramatically increase their costs,” spokesman David Bergstein said in a statement.

"When it mattered, Republicans put their own political interests and the agenda of the big insurance companies first, while working families were forced to pay the price."

Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, used the moment to push for universal Medicare access.

"With the defeat of the healthcare repeal, the people will demand the real solution: giving every American access to Medicare. Americans deserve to see bold solutions in this moment — not just small-bore technocratic tweaks,” he said in a statement.