Why is Obamacare currently failing

Abolition of "Obamacare" failed again

It was the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, who officially pulled the plug in the end: There will be no more votes this week as planned on whether the health insurance introduced by former US President Barack Obama should be abolished and replaced by a new model . Nevertheless, they "do not want to give up trying to change the American health system," stressed McConnell.

Republican Senators Rand Paul, John McCain and Susan Collins announced in the past few days that they would vote no in a vote on the bill. They justified this by saying that he was too conservative for them, not conservative enough or not sufficiently coordinated and prepared.

The efforts to abolish "Obamacare" are now even more difficult. The leadership of the Republicans actually wanted to get a Senate vote on their draft by September 30th, because after that, because of the expiry of a deadline, it could no longer be passed with a simple majority of 51 votes, but would require 60 votes. US President Donald Trump's party only has a slim majority of 52 to 48 votes in the Senate. The Democrats are united behind "Obamacare",

Initiators are disappointed

In the past few months, the Republicans had been unsuccessful in several attempts to reform the health system. For the Republicans, the third failure marks the end of a seven-year effort to abolish or replace the Obama's massively opposed achievement. The end of "Obamacare" was one of Trump's major campaign issues.

The initiators of the draft, Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, expressed their disappointment. Graham, announced that the plan would come back on the table after the next big project of the Republicans, a major tax reform, which Trump wants to present in a speech in the state of Indiana this Wednesday, is carried out.

Democrats offer cooperation

Even before the final failure of the "Obamacare" vote, the US President had expressed his open frustration. He said he was very disappointed with some of the Republican senators, describing them as "so-called Republicans".

After the end of the third attempt, the Democrats expressed their hope of working with the Republicans to improve Obamacare. "We hope that now we can move forward and improve health care," said Senator Chuck Schumer.

gri / uh (dpa, rtr, afp)