Democrats, GOP members blast Republican senators’ efforts to dismantle health care

Republicans in Congress rammed through a budget resolution on Wednesday night to force both the Senate and House of Representatives to begin repealing large parts of the Affordable Care Act. In the process, Democrats forced Republicans to block measures that would protect Medicare, Medicaid, mental-health services and womens’ access to health care.

“Put this irresponsible and rushed repeal plan aside,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, on the Senate floor as he prepared to vote against the measure. “Work with us Democrats on a way to improve health care in America, not put chaos in place of affordable care.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democrat from Missouri, echoed these thoughts: “Because there is no replace, I vote no.”

Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren among the parade of Democrats drowned out when defending Obamacare. pic.twitter.com/lkhcvxM0Tw

— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) January 12, 2017

Even Republicans were concerned about the so-called votearama. “We just want more specifics,” said North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows about the Senate measure that could appear before his chamber as soon as Friday. “I’m willing to take a vote today if we have the specifics. So it’s not as much slow it down for slowing-it-down purposes as it is, we need to know what we’re going to replace it with.”

Sen. Rand Paul, Republican from Kentucky, voted against the budget resolution on the grounds that there was no replacement bill.

As we repeal Obamacare, we would be wise to vote on its replacement at the same time. Read more: https://t.co/VCFqSBnfYZ pic.twitter.com/GSpZhlsL8h

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 12, 2017

Meanwhile, the Republican leadership responsible for pushing through the repeal has insisted not only that doing so is necessary, but that they will handle it responsibly.

“We have to get to business,” President-elect Donald Trump told The New York Times in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “Obamacare has been a catastrophic event.”

Senate ‘vote-a-rama’ moves GOP one step closer to Obamacare repeal

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