WASHINGTON - Republicans in the U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday for a second day in a row to pass legislation to repel the Affordable Cart Act, also known as Obamacare, despite a Senate vote a day earlier to begin debating the replacement of the former president’s healthcare reform.
Fifty-five senators – including seven Republicans - voted against a Republican plan to simply repeal Obamacare without immediately replacing it. Forty-five senators supported the motion.
On Tuesday Republicans failed to pass a bill based on the House of Representatives' healthcare plan.
The most prominent Republican to oppose the repeal-only bill was John McCain of Arizona, who only returned Tuesday to the Senate after a two-week-long abstention due to his medical condition. Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the only two GOP members who voted Tuesday against opening the debate on repealing Obamacare, also voted against the "repeal only" bill, as did Senators Rob Portman of Ohio, Dean Heller of Nevada and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.
Despite the two-day failure, Republicans in the Senate are still determined to find a compromise that would allow at least 50 members to vote for a healthcare plan that will eventually replace Obamacare. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that President Trump was encouraged by the progress Republicans were making on the issue, and that the White House hopes to see a breakthrough in the coming days.