In a 45-55 vote, the U.S. Senate rejected a proposal for a “skinny repeal” of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act.
Fierce Healthcare reports the proposal would have removed expansions to Medicaid after two years, as well as “employer mandates, marketplace subsidies and the marketplace exchanges.”
The Senate still has other proposals to consider.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said the skinny repeal is an attempt on behalf of Republicans to later push through a complete repeal bill.
“Make no mistake about it, the skinny repeal is equal to a full repeal,” Schumer said. “It’s a Trojan horse designed to get the House and Senate into conference where the hard-right flank of the Republican caucus, the Freedom Caucus, will demand full repeal or something very close to it.”