Healthcare: GOP’s repeal-only plan dead on arrival

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s last ditch ploy to pass GOP healthcare measures by splitting the repeal and replacement of Obamacare into separate pieces of legislation failed Tuesday.

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Tuesday that she wouldn’t support a repeal-only healthcare plan with a delayed replacement, effectively depriving McConnell’s bill of the votes it needs. Murkowski wasn’t thrilled with the last version of the Obamacare bill and said she is a ‘no’ on the motion to proceed with a repeal-only plan, making her the third GOP senator to do so.

“No. I said back in January that if we’re going to do a repeal, there has to be a replacement. There’s enough chaos and uncertainty already,” she told reporters Tuesday.

Republicans could only afford two defections if they want to pass a bill, and after Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia withdrew their votes from the repeal-only bill early Tuesday morning, Murkowski was the last straw.

GOP senators continue to debate the best way to eliminate all premium-inflating Obamacare insurance regulations while simultaneously guaranteeing a continuance of coverage for their low-income voters.

Senators indicating they would vote for a repeal-only plan included Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and David Perdue (R-Ga.).

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