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Wed Jul 26, 2017, 07:13 PM

Senate rejects bill to repeal large parts of Obamacare without replacement

Source: The Guardian

Senate rejects bill to repeal large parts of Obamacare without replacement

• Seven Republicans join with Democrats to oppose proposal
• Failure suggests GOP’s promise to repeal ACA wholesale will be hugely difficult

Lauren Gambino and Ben Jacobs in Washington
Wednesday 26 July 2017 22.10 BST

The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have repealed major pieces of Barack Obama’s health reforms without a replacement, something Republicans have promised to do for seven years.

Seven Republican senators joined with Democrats to reject the bill, in a sign that the party’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act “root and branch” will be extremely difficult.

In a 45 to 55 vote, senators Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and John McCain of Arizona opposed the measure.

All but Collins had previously voted for the same legislation in 2015 to repeal major parts of Obamacare without replacement.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/26/skinny-repeal-obamacare-senate-republicans-healthcare

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