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July 25, 2017

McConnell's Next Mysterious Obamacare Gambit: A "Skinny" Repeal of Just the Least Popular Parts of Obamacare?

It's not nothing, but it does seem to be very low-cal and unsatisfying substitute for what we were promised.

Republican senators are planning to pursue a "skinny" repeal of Obamacare if Tuesday's Senate votes to open debate on health care and pass the current GOP bill both fail.

The so-called "skinny" repeal would be a series of amendments to dispose of a few key components of the Affordable Care Act that Republicans have identified as being particularly burdensome, NBC News reports.

The first vote on Tuesday will be to open debate on the health care measure. Should that "motion to proceed" pass, the Senate will debate and vote on multiple approaches to the current health care bill.

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The Senate would then move to vote on the current Senate replacement bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. However, the BCRA includes newly added amendments from Sen. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) and Sen. Rob Portman (R, Ohio) that have not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office and would likely need 60 votes, rather than a simple majority of 50, to pass.

McCain's headed to Washington, and Mike Pence is standing by to break ties, for these votes.

But the #FakeNewsRepublicans -- Collins, Murfluvsky, and Caputo -- have already vowed they won't pass any kind of repeal without a "replacement." In other words, they just want to keep Obamacare.

Protesters have delayed the beginning of the vote, chanting "Kill the bill, don't kill us."

#FakeNewsRepublicans Lisa Muffzinsky and Susan Collins have re-announced they will fight to keep Obamacare. If any other #FakeNewsRepublicans defect, they can't even have a debate on the question.


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