"We are grateful for the efforts to include protections for the unborn, however, any final bill must include full Hyde Amendment provisions and add much-needed conscience protections".
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has taken comfort in the defeat in the Senate of a Republican-pushed measure aimed at scaling back, or partially repealing, former President Back Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that it is time to "turn the page" and listen to the "suggestions" of Democrats to improve Obamacare, rather than simply attempt to repeal and replace it, as Republicans have been focused on doing to date.
It is unclear what happens now that the Republican Senate voted "no" Thursday night on a healthcare bill the legislators had hoped would overhaul or eliminate Obamacare. "Watch!" He tweeted shortly after the failed vote. I'm proud of the fact that we hung in there and got the work done and got the bill out. Speaker Ryan publicly gave his assurances that if the skinny repeal had passed, the bill would be sent to conference.
The White House that key ObamaCare subsidies to insurers would be paid this month, but the administration did not make a commitment beyond July. "If we don't stop them, they'll strip health coverage from millions of Americans, raise premiums, and gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions".
Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan, who has voted on party lines throughout, said he was disappointed in the outcome. I don't agree with those who say let's just stick with Obamacare and let the pain get worse. "We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve".
"Three years ago, as I crisscrossed the state, I heard story after story of families and small businesses who were experiencing fewer health care choices and paying skyrocketing costs for health insurance", Sullivan said in a statement Friday. The GOP is trying to bully their agenda through, where as they should be working with the Senators on the other side of the aisle. "They look like fools and are just wasting time". "Having had eight years where it was easy to unite and vote no, now they're finding that coming up with actual policies that could work isn't easy", Norm Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said.
Addressing rural communities that have limited insurance options would be another health care priority, Schumer said.
And shortly after that, Trump posted: "If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute".
To see how each of the 100 senators voted, view the roll call here.