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Health care reform, cloaked in secrecy, gets lukewarm reception

Health care reform, cloaked in secrecy, gets lukewarm reception

After weeks of closed-door deliberations on their version of Obamacare repeal and replacement legislation, Senate Republicans and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are peddling it to a reluctant flock, amid solid Democratic opposition.

Needing 50 Republican votes of the 52 available (plus Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie), Mr. McConnell is tasked with overcoming the outspoken dissatisfaction of several Republican senators to push the secretly shaped legislation across the finish line and then back to the House, which narrowly approved its own version months ago.

Four conservative senators — Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Mike Lee...

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