Senate Health Care Vote: Narrow Repeal Degree Takes Form

By passing a so-called “skinny” repeal bill, Senate Republicans would keep the repeal effort alive long enough to try to negotiate a broader compromise bill with the House of Representatives.
Wednesday’s big vote was on a measure to repeal major parts of the existing health law — but without swapping in something new.
Two of the pieces that would be repealed are the mandates that individuals have health insurance and that large employers cover their employees.
Seven Republicans — including Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate health committee — joined Democrats in voting against it.
But the episode demonstrated the problem facing Republican leaders: They don’t have enough votes to pass a broad replacement of the health law.

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