Tonight the Senate voted on a motion to proceed with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The procedural measure, which passed 51-50, allows Congress to move ahead with its goal to repeal Obamacare.
With two Republicans voting no on the motion the votes were tied at fifty a piece.
This meant that Vice President Mike Pence had to come down and cast the deciding vote.
As the Senate voted on the motion to proceed, protesters in the Senate gallery began chanting...
“Kill the bill! Don’t kill us!”
Simultaneously protesters outside the building, including ADAPT (an organization of disability rights activists) and the National Council on Independent Living, gathered into a group and began shouting down the Senate's decision as well.
As the police dragged protestors and placed them under arrest the senate continued with the business of taking their health care away.
Only hours after voting to open debate the Republican's voted on their first in a series of proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare called "The Better Care Reconciliation Act".
It was voted down, 43-57, with nine Republicans voting no.
The senators were technically rejecting a procedural motion for the legislation, but this vote largely served as a proxy for a vote on the bill.
But the Republican’s hopes of passing something, anything, were alive as a scaled-down version of repeal or a “skinny repeal” looked likely to pass as fifty Republicans voted to open debate on it.
The so called "skinny repeal", while smaller in scale, has already been rated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and would lead to 15 million fewer people with health insurance, increase premium by 20 percent and effectively put Obamacare in the death spiral that Republicans have been dreaming of.
All this before the wheelchair bound protestors had made bail.
If the "skinny repeal" passes I wonder what those that voted for Trump on his promise to deliver insurance that had "lower premiums" and would cover "everybody" will be thinking?