Senate GOP yanks Obamacare repeal bill

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(From Politico)

Earlier in the day, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the GOP’s chief whip counter, had said that the vote would be held “sometime tomorrow.”

But at least five Senate Republicans — moderate Sens. Susan Collins and Dean Heller and conservative Sens. Ron Johnson, Rand Paul and Mike Lee — had said they were not ready to vote on the Obamacare repeal bill without alterations. McConnell can only afford to lose two senators.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), one of the swing votes on the bill, said not voting on the procedural motion Tuesday “is good, because I don’t think we’re ready to proceed today. This person is not ready to proceed today.”

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio also would not commit to supporting a vote to advance the bill, and said he had “serious concerns about the Medicaid and opioids issues.”

Both McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence met with reluctant Republicans Tuesday as the GOP hunted for the votes together to fulfill their seven-year pledge to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

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