Facing too many defections, Mr. McConnell concluded it didn't make sense to move forward, and said the chamber will now turn to other business such as a massive tax code overhaul. And there's always the possibility of bipartisan reforms to Obamacare. McCain to Sen. Murkowski was that time and process were the biggest obstacles to their support, " the bill's authors said.
"It's going to be a heavy lift", South Dakota Sen.
Without action, it will be up to President Trump to decide how aggressively to support the law as signups for 2018 begin.
The decision came less than 24 hours after a pivotal Republican senator, Susan Collins of ME, declared firm opposition to the repeal proposal, all but ensuring that Republican leaders would be short of the votes they needed.
Murray and other Democrats had urged Alexander to restart the process, as have Republican and Democratic governors and health care officials from around the country. "It's not dead on September 30th".
"So to me the result happening sooner rather than later is more important than that, " he said.
A procedural rule, under which Senate Republicans could have passed a health plan with 51 votes, expires on Saturday.
A key Republican moderate, Sen. The new version of the reform, the so-called Graham-Cassidy, would not be abolished entirely Obamacare, but it would have removed whole sections of the law, which would have led, according to the Congressional budget Office, at the exit of millions of people in the system to cover sickness.
Check back with FierceHealthcare for more on this developing story. Susan Collins of ME said she opposed the latest version of the bill.
"It will happen", he said as he landed in NY for a high-dollar Republican fundraising dinner.
"We haven't given up on changing the American health care system", Sen. He said health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Sen.
Republicans, though, still have their eye on repeal. "Where we go from here is tax reform". "But we've had a hard time articulating what we're for until now", Graham said. By Tuesday, though, his stance appeared to soften. Her state has extremely high health care costs, in part because of its many remote communities.
The president has repeatedly scolded Republicans, including McCain, who for years promised to repeal Obamacare but have not yet delivered.
It remains to be seen whether Schumer can negotiate a deal with President Donald Trump along the lines of the one agreed upon earlier this month with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that temporarily extended the debt ceiling and federal spending. By contrast, what was being proffered kept numerous taxes to pay for it but instead redistributed the money to the states in the form of block grants.
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