Pence Breaks Tie, Senate Votes To Begin Debating ACA Replacement

Trump's scattershot approach to passing the GOP health care legislation might have been foreseen in his varying views on health care generally during the campaign. He said McCain kept such long hours that he needed two interns - one in the morning and another in the afternoon - just to keep up. "But no matter which camp you're in, you can't have a debate about either unless we get on the bill". That will end up being a heavy burden for taxpayers, critics said.

He said the procedural vote will be held "sometime this week".

Speaking at a White House event Monday night, Trump threateningly urged Senate Republicans to vote "yes" on a procedural motion that would allow a proposal regarding the nation's health-care system to be debated on the Senate floor.

The only difference now is that President Trump will sign the bill. "You can not campaign on something for seven years and not do something", he said, referring to yearslong GOP promises to repeal and replace Obamacare. Some Republicans want him to offer his latest draft, and he probably will if he thinks he may have the votes to pass it.

Senate Republicans are now considering two versions of similar legislation, one that would repeal and replace, and another that would simply repeal "Obamacare" with a two-year delay for implementation to give the Senate more time to agree on a replacement.

The dozens of people gathered in Terry Shrunk Plaza to oppose the GOP plan said health insurance rates in Oregon would triple under the Republican health care bill, based on Oregon Health Authority estimates.

With a narrow 52-48 majority and the possibility that Arizona Sen.

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After almost seven months of planning, debating and legislating, much of it behind closed doors, the Senate this week has apparently reached the moment when votes will have to be cast.

Before voting began, a group of protesters shouted "kill the bill'" and "shame" from the Senate's galleries.

Heller, in a statement released before the Senate comes to a vote, said, "Obamacare isn't the answer, but doing nothing to try to solve the problems it has created isn't the answer either". But Susan Collins of ME has been consistent in opposing the GOP replacement for Obamacare.

This story will be updated as more details become available.

Senate Republicans can now move forward on a few options, including a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act, some version of the health care bill that Republicans have debated for weeks or a new plan to undo parts of the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., listens to questions on health care and the Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare.

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