Liberals and Democrats throughout the country are rejoicing. They are celebrating the fact that at least at the moment it appears as though the Republican health care plan which would repeal the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) has gone down in flames.
Senate Republicans were always walking a tight rope on this one given that they could only afford to lose two Republican Senators in order to pass this bill. At this hour it appears that they have lost much more than just two Senators though. In fact, Politico has the current count at a total of four Republicans are prepared to vote against this bill according to their public statements on the matter.
At this point, even the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that he believes that the bill in its current form is not going to survive a Senate vote. Given that this appears to be the case, the leader probably will not call for a vote on the bill at all.
In 2015 the GOP was able to get through a similar bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. However, at that time Barack Obama was President and he vetoed the measure. That is not surprising considering it was his signature act as President.
Interestingly, it appears as those Mitch McConnell may be forced into an interesting place on this measure where he might feel the need to put his Senators on the record on healthcare. He has felt pressure from the White House as well as some members of his own party to hold the vote anyway so that all members may be put on the record about how they feel on this issue. At that time unlimited numbers of amendments may be placed on the bill which could mean for a lengthy and interesting session of votes.