Senate Votes Down First Version of the GOP’s Better Care Reconciliation Act

Hours after infirm, irony-resistant Senator John McCain
cast a decisive vote in favor of debating
destroying health care access for sick and injured people on
Tuesday, that discussion kicked off with a firm rejection of
Republican policy.

On Tuesday night, Republican senators failed to garner the 60
votes they needed to overcome the parliamentary objection
placed upon the first version of the Better Care Reconciliation
Act. In fact, nine Republicans helped Democrats reject the
measure, resulting in a 43-57 vote against. McCain voted for the BCRA, despite
pledging a few hours earlier that he would not. The twist is
that everything would up exactly as you thought it would.

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The vote was technically focused on a procedural question of
whether one of the bill’s provisions, the Consumer Freedom
Option, drafted by Ted Cruz, complies with Senate rules. Cruz’s
amendment would allow insurers to sell cheaper and worse health
care plans so long as they also offer at least one plan that
complies with the Affordable Care Act. Even Republican Senator
John Cornyn of Texas said the provision could do
with some editing. “Otherwise,” said the senator, “what you do
is have adverse selection. Younger healthy people pick the
cheaper policy, leaving older, sicker people on the other
policy, which would have to be subsidized dramatically in order
to make it affordable.”

Cruz said, optimistically, from the Senate floor Tuesday
night,“I will say the bill before the Senate … is not likely
to pass tonight but I believe at the end of the process the
contours within it are likely to be what we enact, at least the
general outlines.” Cruz believes his provision will be included
in the final version of the BCRA.

This latest setback for Republicans doesn’t mean the entire
bill is dead, but it will need to be substantially reworked to
have a chance in the Senate. Now that McCain has inadvertently
called his party’s bluff, there really is no clear way forward for the
Republicans. Another repeal Obamacare vote is expected to take
place on Wednesday.

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