Senate Republicans on Wednesday killed a vote on a resolution that would have allowed Senate counsel to intervene in a federal court case that threatens to invalidate Obamacare, The Hill reports.
A Texas judge last Friday ruled that the landmark healthcare law is unconstitutional, but many legal experts predict the decision will be reversed on appeal considering the law is being upheld by the Supreme Court.
The lawsuit brought by a group of Republican attorneys general argues that it has a new legal foothold as Congress last year cut the ACA’s individual mandate that said every American must have health insurance – Obamacare survived its original challenge in the Supreme Court in 2012, in part, because Chief Justice John Roberts said Congress had the power to tax.
Still, Democrats wanted to hold their GOP colleagues’ to their promise of guarding protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.
“We’re going to fight this tooth and nail,” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” over the weekend. “And the first thing we’re going to do when we get back there in the Senate is urge, put a vote on the floor, urging an intervention in the case.”
Wyoming Republican John Barasso, who killed the effort Wednesday, said the GOP’s aim was to continue to “protect people with pre-existing conditions.”