Overnight Healthcare: GOP'S repeal-only plan quickly collapses in Senate

Overnight Healthcare: GOP'S repeal-only plan quickly collapses in Senate
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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiProposed budget for Indian Health Services won't treat Native American patients equally Keep anti-environment riders for Alaska out of spending bill Industry should comply with the Methane Waste Prevention Rule MORE (R-Alaska) says she will not support moving forward with a plan to repeal ObamaCare with a delayed replacement, effectively killing the latest legislative gambit from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCollins: 'Extremely disappointing' ObamaCare fix left out of spending deal House poised to vote on .3T spending bill Budowsky: Stop Trump from firing Mueller MORE (R-Ky.).

Murkowski, who had balked at the last version of the ObamaCare bill, said she is a no on the motion to proceed to a repeal-only plan. She is the third Republican senator to take that position.

"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.

With Murkowski's defection, GOP leaders do not have the votes to move forward to an ObamaCare repeal bill that passed the Senate in 2015, but was vetoed by then-President Obama.

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McConnell says ObamaCare repeal vote will come 'sometime in the near future'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), though, insisted Tuesday that the Senate will push forward with trying to repeal ObamaCare.


"Sometime in the near future we'll have a vote on repealing ObamaCare," McConnell told reporters after a closed-door caucus lunch.

McConnell acknowledged that his conference does not now have the votes it needs to pass its healthcare bill.

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How Trump's repeal push came up short

The Trump administration pushed hard -- and ultimately unsuccessfully -- to convince reluctant senators and governors to support the Senate GOP's ObamaCare repeal effort.

Its two top health officials and Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceHouse poised to vote on .3T spending bill John Oliver says his parody Pence rabbit book has sold out Charlotte Pence responds to John Oliver's rabbit book spoof: ‘I’m all for it’ MORE became fixtures in closed-door GOP conference meetings on Capitol Hill, along with other key advisors such as Budget director Mick Mulvaney and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

The administration had hoped the policy expertise of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma would be enough to convince holdout senators that the GOP legislation would help their states.

But it didn't work.

Did the administration do enough to convince senators of the merits of the repeal-and-replace plan?

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Moderate Republicans, Dems huddle on healthcare

Centrist House Republicans and Democrats huddled on Tuesday and discussed healthcare in the wake of the collapse of Senate GOP efforts to repeal ObamaCare, multiple sources told The Hill.

Members of the GOP's Tuesday Group and the New Democrat Coalition met in the Capitol, part of a periodic gathering of the two moderate groups. But healthcare dominated the meeting, participants said.

The meeting is part of the "preliminary" discussion taking place between centrists on both sides of the aisle following the implosion of Senate Republicans' repeal-and-replace legislation, House lawmakers said.

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Trump says he'll 'let ObamaCare fail'

President Trump on Tuesday said he was disappointed in the Senate's failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and argued that Republicans should now let the law fail on its own.

In his first on-camera remarks about the stalemate in the Senate, Trump said it "will be a lot easier" to allow ObamaCare to falter on its own.

"I think we're probably in that position where we'll let ObamaCare fail," he told reporters in the Roosevelt Room. "We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let ObamaCare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us."

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Earlier in the day, Trump took to Twitter to blame Democrats and "a few Republicans" for the collapse of the repeal-and-replace bill.

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Conservative group warns of primaries for Republicans who don't back repeal

A top conservative group is threatening primary challenges to senators who vote against a repeal of ObamaCare after Senate Republicans failed to coalesce around a replacement plan.

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who now serves as the president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, drew the line in the sand on Tuesday, soon after reports surfaced that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to hold a repeal vote even though it's already clear he doesn't have the votes to pass it.

"Republicans have promised to repeal Obamacare for years and now with President Trump in the White House, there is no excuse for them to break their promise," Cuccinelli said.

"Working with the grassroots across the country, we will seek to identify, recruit, and fund conservative challengers against Republican senators who vote against repeal."

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Dem leaders amp up calls for bipartisan ObamaCare fix

Fueled by the Senate Republicans' failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are ramping up their calls for GOP leaders to reach across the aisle in search of bipartisan fixes to former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaRivals and consumers will rein in Facebook, not regulation Obamas send handwritten note to Parkland students: 'We will be there for you' Water has experienced a decade of bipartisan success MORE's signature domestic achievement.

"It's time to move on. It's time to start over," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAmtrak to rename Rochester station after Louise Slaughter Conscience protections for health-care providers should be standard Pension committee must deliver on retirement promise MORE (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday morning on the chamber floor.

"Rather than repeating the same failed partisan process yet again, Republicans should work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long term stability to the markets and improves our healthcare system."

Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperWarren turns focus to Kushner’s loans Overnight Energy: Dems probe EPA security contract | GAO expands inquiry into EPA advisory boards | Dems want more time to comment on drilling plan Overnight Regulation: Senate takes first step to passing Dodd-Frank rollback | House passes bill requiring frequent reviews of financial regs | Conservatives want new checks on IRS rules MORE (D- Del.) said he talked to Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynWhite House officials expect short-term funding bill to avert shutdown Spending bill delay raises risk of partial government shutdown support GOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone MORE Tuesday morning about working together on a bipartisan fix to ObamaCare and will speak with other Republicans later in the day

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What We're Reading

Trump tweets about the healthcare bill a lot. He just doesn't really make the case for it. (The Washington Post)

Insurers fear latest chaos over healthcare bill (NBC News)

How do Congress' lawmakers get healthcare? (CNN)


State by State

More hospitals closing in rural America add risk for pregnant women (Reuters)

Georgia wants to tap Medicaid to double school nurses (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Health insurance rates set to soar in Louisiana (The Advocate)