Narrow vote keeps Republicans' effort to repeal Obamacare alive

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives to speak with reporters following the successful vote to open debate on a health care bill on Capitol Hill, July 25, 2017.

On Tuesday night, the Senate voted down a procedural measure seen as a proxy to gauge support for an Obamacare repeal-and-replacement plan that stalled out in the Senate in recent weeks.

The US Senate voted to begin debate on how to repeal and, eventually, replace the healthcare reform implemented by former President Barack Obama, although it is still not known what the final form of the bill might be. But he argued that opening debate would allow amendments to be brought forward from both Democrats and Republicans.

Conservatives have embraced the effort to repeal "Obamacare" without an immediate replacement.

Portman was one of the seven Republican senators who voted against the repeal-only Obamacare bill.

On Tuesday, the Senate narrowly approved a motion to debate Obamacare.

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Analysts believe that the "skinny repeal" proposal, which only would strike the most disliked parts of the ACA but keep the rest intact, has the best chance of passing the Senate.

The proposal the Senate shot down on Wednesday would have gutted the individual and employer mandates, end Medicaid expansion - one of the most contentious parts of the bill - and roll back numerous ACA's taxes.

There was hope that Republican Arizona Senator John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, would have a change of heart, understanding the irony of fighting for his life with the help of quality insurance, all while stripping away health care for millions of Americans.

"To every member of the Senate I say this: The American people have waited long enough". Murkowski responded that she was "comfortable" with her vote. The analysis found that the number of uninsured people would increase by 15 million next year compared with current law, and Democrats said they were told that premiums would be roughly 20 percent higher. Trump last week initially suggested he was fine with letting Obamacare collapse, then urged Republican senators to hash out a deal. During his presidential campaign, Mr Trump promised to repeal and replace the ACA. It included language by Sen.

Nine Republican defectors voted against the amendment: Sen.

"Americans deserve a health care system that works for them and Obamacare is not it", she said in 2015.