Earlier today, Senate Republicans voted in favor of beginning debate over the proposed legislation that would repeal, and potentially replace, the Affordable Care Act, according to The Atlantic.
Republicans have been pushing to repeal the ACA for the past seven months. While hopes of enacting President Trump’s campaign promise were slim, Republican Senators have made a breakthrough with the tie-breaking vote coming from Vice President Mike Pence. However, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell had his work cut out for him, converting multiple Republicans including Rand Paul and Ron Johnson.
But some Republicans who had expressed opposition to the Bill ended up conceding and voting along party lines. Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, one such Senator, explained his reasoning in a statement:
Obamacare isn’t the answer, but doing nothing to try to solve the problems it has created isn’t the answer either. If the final product isn’t improved for the state of Nevada, then I will not vote for it; if it is improved, I will support it.”
In the wake of the vote, the Bill will now move on to 20 hours of bipartisan debate. There is still plenty of opportunity for the Bill to be defeated, but Republicans have gained a significant early victory by moving the legislation to the debate stage.