Democrats are united against the bill, saying it would end healthcare coverage for millions
LATEST NEWS : US Senate Republicans have voted in favour of a floor debate on their efforts to re-write healthcare policy, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie.
The Senate on Tuesday decisively rejected a Republican proposal to repeal-and-replace Obamacare as Senator John McCain returned from Arizona to applause from fellow senators to cast a critical vote for Republicans, CNN reported.
The floor debate will on Wednesday morning continue to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, even though there are no guarantees the votes are there to eventually pass the bill.
Two GOP senators — Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski — sided with all Democrats in opposition, meaning all remaining Republicans and Pence were necessary for the motion to pass.
The vote came as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump dared their fellow Republicans to block their seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The vote dealt with a measure that combined a previous Senate proposal known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act — that was rejected by several Republican senators — with $100 billion extra money for people on Medicaid desired by moderate Republicans and a proposal from conservative Senator Ted Cruz to allow bare-bones health insurance plans.