Republican leaders: Senate won't vote on Obamacare repeal

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Senate Republicans will not vote this week on the latest, last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Their opposition followed John McCain's declaration last week that it was too hasty and partisan, as the GOP raced to meet a September 30 deadline. The president also seemed resigned to the bill's defeat on Monday morning when he said, "So we're gonna lose two or three votes and that's the end of that".

Due to their narrow majority and unified Democratic opposition, Republicans can lose just two GOP votes and still push the legislation through the Senate. In theory they could attempt a mega-bill containing another attempt at Obamacare repeal and tax reform, but several senators said Tuesday that would be unworkable.

Congressional Republicans believe that Obamacare, while extending health insurance to some 20 million Americans, is a costly government intrusion into the healthcare system. "We can get to yes". Patty Murray, Schumer promoted the work of Murray and Republican Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to try and fix the current system. The insurer has said that if Washington committed to supporting the law, it wouldn't have needed to increase premiums much at all.

Schumer said. He added that Democrats are ready to work with Republicans on a bipartisan solution.

US Senate Republicans on Tuesday gave up on their latest plan to dismantle ObamaCare after it became clear President Donald Trump's party did not have enough support to pass the measure. Neither the lack of a detailed analysis from the Congressional Budget Office about its effects or the surprisingly unified opposition of groups representing the nation's doctors, hospitals or insurers appear to deter majority.

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Collins, a moderate Republican from ME who struck the fatal blow Monday evening, issued a blistering statement outlining "three major problems", including provisions that would weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions and reducing the number of people who have health coverage. "This would have a devastating impact to a program that has been on the books for 50 years and provides healthcare to our most vulnerable citizens, including disabled children and low-income seniors". On Monday, he continued to denounce it as a "fake repeal". "This is not the promise we made". Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would eliminate the mandate that everyone has to have health insurance. "But that has not been the case".

Collins repeated assertions that she had made on Sunday talk shows that the bill's "sweeping changes and cuts in the Medicaid program" were a reason for her opposition.

Acrimony over the new Senate GOP proposal was apparent in the hours preceding Collins's announcement.

Bloomberg's Anna Edney contributed.

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