Senate Democrats showed up to vote on the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare last night. In a block, they’ve voted against any form of repeal or replacement of the doomed health care system. The Senate also took up an amendment to create a single-payer health care system.
It was defeated 57-0.
Democrats Sens. Joe Donnelly, Joe Manchin, and Jon Tester, along with independent Sen. Angus King of Maine voted against it. The rest of the Democrats voted “present,” including Sen. Bernie Sanders, a proponent of single-payer.
The amendment was offered by Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana. It was a copy of a bill that House Democrats (Rep. John Conyers) introduced with more than 100 co-sponsors.
But Senate Democrats saw it as bait (which it was) to get them to formally vote against a single-payer system.
43 Democrats wouldn’t go for it. That means 43 Democrats in the Senate would probably support such a bill, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Be warned, folks: This is probably the starting point for a new round of Obamacare replacement negotiations. More Democrats are united on nationalizing health care than Republicans are at returning to a free market.
I am not encouraged.