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Collins withholds support, killing Obamacare repeal effort


According to CNN, McConnell made a decision to cancel the vote after meeting with the Senate Republicans and taking stock of where his colleagues were leaning.

Collins had foreshadowed her announcement on Sunday, saying she had a "very difficult" time envisioning a scenario in which she would support the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, but she was not definitive.

"There are many problems in the Affordable Care Act that do need to be fixed". John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky in opposing the bill.

Republicans were relying on the budget reconciliation process to repeal the law, which allows for passage of certain legislation with 51 votes rather than the usual 60-vote threshold.

The Donald Trump administration has incessantly pressured Congress to end Obamacare, but came up against seemingly irreconcilable divisions among the Republicans themselves, Efe reported.

Senate Republicans until September 30 to pass an ACA repeal through budget reconciliation, a congressional procedure that can advance legislation through simple majorities and bypass the need for Democratic support.

Graham-Cassidy is a nightmare, and Senate Republicans aren't going to stop until it harms hundreds of millions of Americans. But he said Tuesday they plan to get back to the health care overhaul after moving on to tax reform.

Our Republican senator, Cory Gardner, is chief fundraiser for the national GOP Senate 2018 election campaign. "We're going to fulfill our promise to repeal and replace".

McCain cast the deciding vote in July against an earlier version of legislation that would have repealed ObamaCare, returning to the Senate floor just 11 days after he had surgery to remove a brain tumor. The needs of SC are different than those in Louisiana, Nevada and Wisconsin. Ted Cruz also said he opposed the legislation as written. Even if Vice President Mike Pence pulls a tiebreaker vote in their favor, with three senators out and assumedly no Democratic senators on board, the chances of the bill's passing appear remote. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the plug on the latest version of a bill created to dismantle the controversial health law. "We must continue our efforts to reform our healthcare system - by reducing costs, increasing access, and providing quality healthcare that Americans deserve". There are 52 Republicans in the Senate, so those four senators were more than enough to sink the bill.

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