'Repeal and replace' dies as GOP senators pull support

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The effort by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) collapsed July 17 when two more GOP senators said they would oppose the legislation, according to a Politico report.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) announced they would not support the bill, joining Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in opposition and leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) short at least two votes needed to pass the legislation, Politico said. Further complicating matters is the fact that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is away from his office this week recovering from surgery.

In response, McConnell said on July 18 that he would try to repeal the ACA without a replacement, but the move swiftly ran into resistance, with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) stating they would not support repealing the ACA without replacement legislation, according to another Politico story.

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