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Four Republican Senators Reject GOP Health Care Bill

Legislation lacks sufficient votes for passage

President Donald Trump has acknowledged that a lack of support from four Senate Republicans leaves the party’s health care overhaul on a “very, very narrow path” to win passage, but signaled a willingness to work with them to make changes, according to a Reuters report.

Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has rejected the plan along with fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, said fundamental problems still remain that would leave taxpayers subsidizing health insurance companies. The four holdouts are among the Senate’s most conservative members.

The Senate bill aims to deliver on one of Trump’s central campaign promises to “repeal and replace” the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which expanded health coverage to millions of Americans. Its fate remains uncertain now that four lawmakers have refused to back the current Senate plan, leaving Republicans short of the votes needed for passage.

Democrats are united in opposition to the proposal.

Source: Reuters; June 22, 2017.

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