WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his slimmed down Obamacare measure late Thursday night, setting up a midnight vote to determine whether Senate Republicans back this last-resort effort to pass health legislation.
The bill outlined by McConnell proposes only partial repeal of Obamacare, and leaves the Medicaid expansion untouched. It would end insurance mandates, end the medical device tax, boost health savings accounts, give states flexibility and shift funds to health care centers.
“Passing this legislation will allow us to work with our colleagues in the House toward a final bill that can go to the president,” McConnell said as he presented the bill on the Senate floor a little after 10 p.m. “I urge everyone to support it.”
McConnell offered the narrow bill to win votes of at least 50 of the 52 Republican senators, with an eye on passing it Thursday night after a flurry of amendments and votes before sending it to the House for a broader negotiated final bill.
A midnight vote was scheduled for McConnell’s bill, which he calls the Health Care Freedom Act, and a motion by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to instead send the bill to…
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