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July 17, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pulling the plug on a Republican bill to repeal and replace large portions of the 2010 health care law in one fell swoop.

“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” the Kentucky Republican said.

McConnell announced that he would seek to call up the House-passed health care reconciliation bill as a way of setting up a vote on a “repeal and delay” of the 2010 health care law.

“So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care,” McConnell said.

In order for that to happen, however, at least 50 Republican senators would still need to vote to proceed to the House measure.

That will not happen.  The numbers are not there.

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