Weak Republicans break up with Trump in Obamacare lawsuit

Five weak Senate Republicans broke up on Thursday President TrumpDonald John Trumptrump signs bill to close on average after brief funding lapses, privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon over election data breaches Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads to tie refugees to coronovirus goesIn the final weeks of the fall campaign there have been attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, in an effort to protect itself from Democratic attacks on health care.

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In recent elections, Collins, Ernst, Gardner and Maxley all appear to be outpacing their Democratic Democratic challengers. Sen Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann Murkowskiag’s Pan Debate of Senators: ‘S — show,’ “horrifying,” “embarrassment” “Schumer reprimanded Trump, GOP arguing: ‘How are you not ashamed? Romney calls first Trump-Biden debate ‘more of an embarrassment’ (R-Alaska), which is set to reunite in 2022, also voted for the measure.

The desire to break up with Trump is the latest sign that efforts to repeal the 2010 law, former President Obama’s signature domestic legislative achievement, remained a divisive issue within the Senate GOP convention, something Democrats were more than eager to exploit.

The vote itself came under unusual circumstances.

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“They didn’t want to vote on it. I actually had to go to the floor when no Republicans were on the floor and ask to play this bill, and they were afraid of it,” Schumer later told reporters .

On Thursday, the measure received 51 votes, which lacked the 60 votes needed to advance. But Democrats did not need to go far to create a divide among Senate Republicans.

A law brought by Schumer would ban Trump’s Justice Department, which this year joined a coalition of 18 Republican states seeking to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act on the basis that Congress passed the time it passed – Abolished tax penalties associated with different mandates. Tax Reform in 2017.

This is an unusual approach for the Justice Department, which traditionally defends the nation’s laws, but reflects Trump’s long-term goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Trump first led an effort in Congress to repeal the law in 2017, leading to months of internal Republican bargaining. The push culminated in three unsuccessful votes, which somewhat affected the administration’s initial political momentum.

Gardner said in a statement on Thursday that he voted to pursue the Democratic measure because he “supports this important conversation with my colleagues, and this health care law has protected coverage for those already in place” Would have provided an opportunity to vote on my bill. ” Conditions.”

Some Republicans argued after the vote that those weak Republicans are now in a strong position to face ads for the Democratic attack on health care policy.

National Senator Campaign Committee Chairman Todd YoungTodd Christopher Youngsenet GOP Eyes Out Quickly America Must Trust More on Strategy, Not Ban: Davis: Shame on GOP Senators Who Keep Donald Trump More Silent (R-Alaska) on Thursday argued that their votes to their vulnerable allies suggest they want to preserve the safety of people with pre-existing medical conditions.

“I think this once again gives someone like Joni Ernst an opportunity to affirm their support to protect those who already have the conditions,” Young said. “It gives us a chance to remind the American people once again of Chuck Schumer and the radical leftists are trying to convince them that somehow the Republicans want to protect those who have pre-existing conditions. “

Democrats are creating federal protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions that are a top-notch attack issue against Trump and Senate GOP Incumbents. And they plan to argue in the coming weeks that Republicans who vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Connie Barrett will inevitably vote to dissolve the Affordable Care Act.

Barrett criticized the decision of Chief Justice John Roberts of National Federation of Independent Business v. Ceballius in a 2017 legal article that upheld the health care law in 2012. He accused the Chief Justice of pushing the “Affordable Care Act” beyond its laudable meaning to save the law. . “

Of the Republicans who voted for the Democratic bill, only Collins and Murkowski opposed the GOP’s so-called “skinny” repeal bill in July of 2017. As a result of that measure, Congressmen would estimate at least Americans having health insurance in 2026. Budget Office Analysis.

This would have repealed the mandate on individuals to have health insurance and abolished the mandate on employers with 50 employees or more to provide affordable insurance.

McSally was not appointed to the Senate until December 2018.

Schumer on Thursday accused Ernst, Gardner and Sullivan of “hypocrisy” after the vote.

“We knew that some of them would clash. When you flip your vote a few weeks before the election, the American people see right through it. These senators are worse today, even if they voted because they flopped, ”he said.

“They cannot hide from all their votes to repeal the ACA and this new vote reflects their hypocrisy a few weeks before the election,” he said.

Schumer argued that any Republican who urged the Trump administration to withdraw its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act denied the law’s preservation effort if they later voted to confirm Barrett. will do.

“The American people will see any senator who votes for Judge Amy Connie Barrett, they will see the hypocrisy of those who said that this vote is me to protect the health care of Americans and then they would vote a judge Are those who vote with the intention of speeding it up. ” Also, ”he said.

“We believe it will hurt them badly,” he said. “It does not work to reverse your position when you are forced a few weeks before the election.”

Jessie Hellman contributed.