The U.S. Senate has failed at two more tries at doing something about Obamacare.
After rejecting Ted Cruz’s junk insurance proposal last night (a vote on which John Boozman was a yes and Tom Cotton among nine Republican no votes), the Senate today could muster only 45 votes for an Obama care repeal in two years. The measure offered no specifics on what would come after. Here, both Sen. Tom Cotton and John Boozman were on board with a bill that likely spelled doom for Arkansas’s Medicaid expansion, but safely after the 2018 election.
Democrats proposed an amendment to send the bill to committee for the normal drafting and approval process. All 52 Republicans opposed that idea.
More votes are coming, including on the so-called skinny repeal and a Graham-Cassidy amendment.