Senate to Vote on 'Skinny Repeal'

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They're making plans to try to pass a narrowly focused bill undoing just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama's landmark health care reform law. Susan Collins (R-Maine); Sen.

With a Republican president in the White House, GOP leaders tried again.

A slew of Republican senators openly acknowledged on Thursday that the "skinny repeal" bill wasn't flawless, while some went as far as to blast it as bad policy.

Today: The Republican health care plan remains on the rocks.

What have they already voted on?

The amendment - really a full-fledged bill - that if passed would have repealed and replaced Obamacare, unsurprisingly sank late Tuesday night.

The Senate tied 50-50 Tuesday in a vote about whether to keep debating legislation for a new health care system.

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC say they are still opposed to a minimal bill that would only repeal several provisions of former President Barack Obama's health law.

According to Paul, the bill, called the "Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017", will be voted on Wednesday around noon.

This contained a proposal from Sen.

The current iteration would effectively get rid of the individual and employer mandates now and dismantle Obamacare in 2020 by eliminating the federal subsidies that help people afford individual coverage.

The defeated plan also included a proposal by Sen.

For years, Republicans have rallied their base around the idea that the government shouldn't force its citizens to pay for health care if they don't want it.

Senate Republicans are pushing to pass some form of Obamacare repeal this week after multiple efforts to follow through on the key campaign promise have stalled recently. Welcome to the political newsletter that is on day two of health care death watch.

What happens after the 20 hours of debate are over?

That bill provides a framework for negotiating new legislation and gives senators an opportunity to offer potentially dozens of amendments. That is expected to start Thursday.

But it hasn't been so simple, given the differing priorities among the 52 Senate Republicans.

With members divided, Republicans may now move to attempt to pass what's being referred to as "skinny" repeal. The plan is to repeal the individual mandate, the employer mandates and tax on medical devices, and it would not cut Medicaid. Put together a version that's going to be simple and then get it to conference where the House and Senate will work out a plan. If they do succeed in passing it, Senate Republicans say they won't leave it at that.

It's possible that even if Republican senators pass the "skinny repeal" and it goes to conference, House and Senate Republicans won't be able iron out disagreements between moderates and conservatives that have dogged them for months. Paul's bill will show how many senators truly want to repeal Obamacare.

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