Jerry Moran

Senate opens health care debate, but GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare fails

Senate opens health care debate, but GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare fails

The Senate embarked on a freewheeling process to rewrite the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, as Republicans overcame deep divisions to bring their proposals up for debate by the narrowest possible margin.

But those same schisms threatened to leave the party far short in the coming days of its ambitious goal to undo major parts of the ACA, which the GOP has been vowing for seven years to dismantle.On Tuesday night, just hours after opening debate, Senate Republican leaders failed to pass a bill that they spent weeks crafting but never gained sufficient traction with the rank-and-file.

Fifty-seven senators opposed the measure known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA),...

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