The procedural vote Tuesday afternoon narrowly pushed through, 51-50, with the help of Vice President Mike Pence.
The Senate Parliamentarian advised major parts of the proposed healthcare bill cannot be passed with a simple majority, but instead require a super majority of 60 votes.
The failure, at least for now, breaks one of the key promises Republicans have made to their voters since 2010, when the ACA first became law.
This past February, the President announced that the delivery of healthcare to America’s 300 million residents embraced more complexity than he previously realized.
A last-minute attempt by conservative Republicans to dump standards for health benefits in plans sold to individuals would probably lower the average consumer’s upfront insurance costs, such as premiums and deductibles, said experts on both sides of the debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
House Republicans unveiled their much anticipated health law replacement plan Monday, slashing the law’s Medicaid expansion and scrapping the requirement that individuals purchase coverage or pay a fine.
Vermont statewide experiment aims to test new payment systems, prevent unnecessary treatments, constrain overall growth in the cost of services and drugs, and address public health problems such as opioid abuse.
The American Hospital Association estimates that hospitals across the U.S. could lose more than $160 billion from the reduction in Medicaid revenue and the increase in unpaid medical bills.
The bill considered the most likely prototype for partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act would result in as many as 32 million more people without health insurance and would double premiums in the individual insurance market, budget scorekeepers said Tuesday.