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Senate Refuses to Vote on AHCA, Will Write Their Own Bill

It appears all the backroom deals and scraping to get enough votes to pass AHCA were for no good after all.

Soon after the monumental passage of the bill by a mere four votes in the House, Senate Republicans gave it the Heisman and announced they’ll not be calling a vote on it at all.

Instead they’re going to write their own version. And that means their bill — if it passes at all — will have to be reconciled with the House’s bill.

And it’s exceedingly rare that anything good comes of that process.

So, for now, an Obamacare replacement is non-existent.

Well done, GOP.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Senate Republicans said Thursday they won’t vote on the House-passed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but will write their own legislation instead.

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A Senate proposal is now being developed by a 12-member working group. It will attempt to incorporate elements of the House bill, senators said, but will not take up the House bill as a starting point and change it through the amendment process.

“The safest thing to say is there will be a Senate bill, but it will look at what the House has done and see how much of that we can incorporate in a product that works for us in reconciliation,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

“We are going to draft a Senate bill,” added Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. “That is what I’ve been told.”

The working group has been meeting for weeks, said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the group.

“What we have to do is build a consensus among our conference and that is what the working group is designed to do,” Cornyn said. “To get to a compromise we can agree to and then present it to the larger conference.”

Cornyn said there is “really no deadline” for the group to produce a bill. “We are just working toward getting 51 votes,” he said.

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