Senate GOP Won't Vote on ObamaCare Repeal

Republicans lacked the votes to pass Graham-Cassidy
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2017 2:04 PM CDT
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., attends a Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider the Graham-Cassidy healthcare proposal, on Capitol Hill, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Senate Republicans announced Tuesday they will not hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal ObamCare, Bloomberg reports. The decision marks the most recent failure of the GOP's seven-year effort to end the Affordable Care Act. The bill was sunk when senators Susan Collins, John McCain, and Rand Paul came out against it in recent days. The Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation released a preliminary analysis of Graham-Cassidy on Monday, finding "millions fewer" would have health insurance under it.

According to CBS News, Republicans were hoping to use the budget reconciliation process to pass the bill with just 51 votes instead of 60. The Senate parliamentarian has said Republicans only have until Saturday to use that procedure. Sen. Lindsey Graham now says Republicans will return to the issue of health care after working on tax reform, Reuters reports. (Read more health care stories.)

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