But the decision of the Senate to take up health care legislation by an extraordinary 51-50 vote on Tuesday is worthy of praise because the nation is at last being exposed to an extended open debate on the hard issues it poses.
"I regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time". There's been enough talk, and no action.
"It is time to move on".
Johnson said the plan was sold to senators as "a vehicle to get to conference". Lawmakers from both parties stood up and applauded him as he entered the chamber less than a fortnight after his brain surgery. And, at long last, it finally has. "This is the path I've been urging, and what I discussed with [President Donald Trump]", Paul said in a statement.
Seven Republicans voted against the measure, including: Sens. "We thought they deserved better ..."
The Congressional Budget Office has previously estimated that undoing the individual mandate alone would lead to 15 million more people dropping insurance by 2026, compared with current law. That plan has been dubbed the "skinny repeal," and is an effort for Senate Republicans to just get anything passed, and instead work in conference with House Republicans to come up with a more comprehensive plan.
Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate. Nine Republicans joined all Senate Democrats in opposition. "We expect hundreds of them will be offered to the bill".
But with the competing interests of Republicans, this still appears to be no easy task.
Let me be very clear, large parts of Obamacare remain after this repeal bill today. "If either one of them fails and another one succeeds, maybe we can find something in between that actually succeeds", Sen. "And besides that, it's failing so you won't have it anyway".
At the end of the process, Senate Republicans are expected to push a "skinny repeal" of the ACA - essentially a slimmed-down version of a full repeal.
The Kentucky senator argued that even with Obamacare, 27 million Americans can not obtain health insurance and that half of those citizens can not get insured because it remains too expensive.
America's Health Insurance Plans wrote to Senate leaders, saying that ending the requirement for people to buy insurance, without strengthening insurance markets, would produce "higher premiums, fewer choices for consumers and fewer people covered next year".
Uncertainty over the future of healthcare has left health insurance companies and American states as well as hospitals and doctors unclear about future funding and coverage. He says the system is "torturing" Americans.