Senate Republicans clear first hurdle to repeal ObamaCare

It’s been a long time coming.

For seven years, Republicans campaigned and were elected on promises to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

With a crucial vote on Tuesday, the effort is underway, though the outcome is far from certain.

Tuesday’s vote was a victory for Senate Republicans who couldn’t previously wrangle together 51 votes to begin debate on the House-passed repeal bill.

Two Republicans opposed the procedural vote on the motion to proceed to take up the House bill.

Susan Collins (Maine) surprised few with her no vote.

Stories came out this morning that Trump hadn’t even wasted his time contacting her in a last-minute lobbying push.

The other no vote came from Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).

Conservatives may remember Murkowski from when she defeated Tea Party Republican Joe Miller in the 2010 general election as a write-in candidate.

The Alaskan Republican Party mobilized the party apparatus to back the incumbent after Miller won a surprise primary victory.

After cruising to re-election safely in 2016 (promising to repeal ObamaCare) she’s flip-flopped on that key issue.

Will voters forget her stabbing them in the back by the time 2022 rolls around? Only time will tell. Though it likely depends on if current Republican efforts to repeal ObamaCare are successful.

So with the Senate beginning debate on efforts to repeal ObamaCare, where will it go from here?

Well, there are a few possibilities.

1) Pass the 2015 repeal of ObamaCare, which passed the Senate 52-47 and was later vetoed by President Obama.

2) Pass a so-called “skinny repeal” and begin negotiations with the House.

The “skinny repeal” seems most likely to get the votes necessary, as the only elements of ObamaCare it would target are the individual and employer mandate and some of the ObamaCare taxes.

What do you think will happen?

Will Republicans get it together and finally repeal ObamaCare?

Or will squishy moderate Republicans sink the bill?

Sound off in the comments!