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Senate healthcare bill may sink after GOP defections

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 01:18

The U.S. Senate's healthcare overhaul appears to be in serious trouble after two more Republicans say they oppose a revised version of the bill. Ryan Brooks reports.

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Republican Senators Jerry Moran and Mike Lee both pledging Monday night to vote against the GOP healthcare bill defections that may essentially kill the plan. The two senators breaking with their party means the latest version of the legislation is well short of the support it needs to pass. The Senators walked away from the bill, which Moran says "fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act." He blames the closed-door process that led to the plan, while Lee says it "doesn't go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families." That makes four solid "no" votes this week alongside Senators Susan Collins and Rand Paul, leaving Republican leaders with bleak options. Either go back to the drawing board yet again to line up 50 Republican votes, which doesn't look likely, or try and draft a bipartisan bill to win over Democrats instead. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Shumer urged his GOP colleagues to do just that, saying in a statement "The second failure of Trumpcare is proof positive that the core of this bill is unworkable."

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Senate healthcare bill may sink after GOP defections

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 01:18