Conservative groups urge senators to vote yes on key healthcare motion

Conservative groups urge senators to vote yes on key healthcare motion
© Greg Nash

Conservative groups are pressing Senators to vote yes on a key procedural vote in Republicans’ efforts to repeal ObamaCare.

“Failure is not an option,” Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham said in a statement Monday. “For seven years, Republicans promised the American people that they would do everything in their power to dismantle ObamaCare. Every single Republican should vote yes tomorrow.”

The Senate on Tuesday is expected to hold a vote on a motion to proceed to the House-passed legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare. A successful vote would start debate.

The House bill is being used as a vehicle for whatever ObamaCare-related legislation the Senate considers. But it’s not clear yet if the Senate will vote on a repeal-only bill or a measure that repeals and immediately replaces the 2010 health law. Senate GOP leadership has little room for error on the vote, since the motion needs the support of almost every Republican senator to be successful.

The Heritage Foundation has said it considers the most recent version of the Senate’s repeal-and-replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, to be imperfect but an improvement over current law.

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Americans for Tax Reform said it is going to support the motion-to-proceed vote because its success would give senators an opportunity to repeal taxes created by ObamaCare.

“Every step towards ending all, most or some of those taxes is helpful to taxpayers and other living things,” ATR President Grover Norquist said. “A no vote on proceeding closes the door on tax reduction as well as reforming healthcare by expanding Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts.”