WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Wednesday failed to pass a resurrected bill to repeal Obamacare with a delayed replacement, falling short of the simple majority needed from their divided caucus in a weeklong debate on health care legislation.
The bill, which would repeal Obamacare but delay it for two years to give lawmakers time to pass a replacement, lost in a 45-55 vote, with six of the seven Republicans voting against it even though they voted for it when Republicans passed it in the House and Senate in 2015.
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They included Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted against this bill both times.
That measure was expected to fail, ramping up talk among senators and aides that McConnell will move to a last-resort measure that ends only Obamacare’s insurance mandates and medical device taxes, an approach dubbed “skinny repeal.”
That approach would allow the Senate to pass legislation that they could send to the House and enter into a conference committee session to create a measure that resolves differences between…
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