WASHINGTON — Senate leaders said Tuesday they would unveil a revised bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, then debate and vote on it next week, even though they appeared to be well short of the support needed to pass the legislation.
“We’re going to do health care next week,” said Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader.
After a heated July 4 recess, McConnell signaled he was not ready to give up on his push to repeal the health law. Accusing Democrats of obstructionism, he announced he would delay the Senate’s scheduled August recess by two weeks so that senators could keep working on other business.
Despite McConnell’s plans to move ahead with a vote on the health bill, a sense of pessimism was apparent among Senate Republicans after their return from break. The deep divisions in their ranks, which forced McConnell to delay a vote on the bill late last month, still posed a big obstacle to finding the votes to pass a revised bill.
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