After seven years of Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act – probably the signature legislative accomplishment of President Obama’s first term – and two failed attempts this year by the Republican-majority to repeal and replace the law, U.S. senators prepared to spend most of July 27 in a marathon of voting on amendments to a new “skinny repeal” of the ACA. The showdown they were bracing for has a name that sounds like a joke but in fact is 100 percent official: vote-a-rama.
It even had its own logo.
Via the official website of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.
In the end, the proceedings didn’t quite add up to a vote-a-rama, which is defined as 15 or more votes on a single bill in a single day. The “skinny repeal” – officially the American Health Care Act of 2017 – was defeated, 48-52, when three Republican senators joined their Democratic colleagues in voting nay.