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Dems and the GOP Shot Down the First Obamacare Vote. Here Are the Next Ones.

On Tuesday night, Senate Democrats – and nine GOP senators – voted down the first Obamacare replacement effort. Here’s what’s happening Wednesday.

The Affordable Care Act

The Senate voted to start debate on Obamacare repeal and replacement on Tuesday, and then voted down the first proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare.

On Wednesday, they will vote on at least two health care measures, including a “clean” repeal and a motion to “send health care back to [the] committees.”


  • Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie to allow the Senate to move forward on considering the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House version of Obamacare repeal and replacement. Fifty of 52 GOP senators voted for the motion to proceed (MTP), with Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voting against the MTP.
  • The Senate rejected a modified version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) on Tuesday night, by a 43-57 vote. Nine GOP senators voted against the repeal-and-replace measure, including Collins, Murkowski, conservatives like Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Mike Lee (R-UT), and senators up for reelection in 2018 like Dean Heller (R-NV).


According to Vox reporter Dylan Scott, the Senate will take at least two health care votes on Wednesday.

One vote is a clean repeal of Obamacare and one is a Democrat-led motion to send the health care bill back to Senate committees:

Keep up with NTK Network as we follow the health care debate this week and beyond.