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  • WASHINGTON, July 24- A seven-year Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare faces a major test this week in the U.S. Senate, where lawmakers will decide whether to move forward and vote on a bill whose details and prospects are uncertain. The Senate will decide as early as Tuesday whether to begin debating a healthcare bill. But the party is divided between...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate will move forward with a key vote this week on a Republican health bill but it's not yet known whether the legislation will seek to replace President Barack Obama's health care law or simply repeal it. John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Republican, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will make a decision soon on which...

  • WASHINGTON— There are many reasons why the Senate will probably reject Republicans' crowning bill razing much of former President Barack Obama's health care law. There are fewer why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might revive it and avert a GOP humiliation. In an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll this month, 51 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. Republican Senate leaders aim to hold a procedural vote as early as Tuesday to take up legislation to repeal or replace Obamacare, but it remained unclear which version of the bill senators would vote on. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a pledge to roll back former President Barack Obama's signature...

  • The AMA told senators its better to fix Obamacare, not repeal it.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell (C) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (L) and South Dakota Senator John Thune (R) speak to reporters after U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting with Senate Republicans to discuss healthcare at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 19, 2017.

    Every form of Obamacare repeal looks more and more uncertain, Vox reports.

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that tax reform talks are nearing a consensus to lower business taxes by closing loopholes and special interest deductions, the latest sign that the unpopular proposed border tax may not be included. Ryan's remarks, coming about a week ahead of an end-of-July deadline for top White House...

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- U.S. Senate Republicans, scolded by President Donald Trump for failing to overturn Obamacare, tried to salvage their seven-year effort for a new healthcare law on Thursday, but leading senators indicated frustration over shifting goal posts. Trump on Wednesday told the Senate's fractured Republican majority to revive a bill to repeal and...

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that tax reform talks are nearing a consensus to lower business taxes by closing loopholes and special interest deductions, the latest sign that the unpopular proposed border tax may not be included. Ryan's remarks, coming about a week ahead of an end-of-July deadline for top White House...

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- U.S. Senate Republicans, scolded by President Donald Trump for failing to overturn Obamacare, tried to salvage their seven-year effort for a new healthcare law on Thursday, but leading senators indicated frustration over shifting goal posts. Trump on Wednesday told the Senate's fractured Republican majority to revive a bill to repeal and...

  • Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) (L) and U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) take questions during a news conference on immigration reform on Capitol Hill, on Capitol Hill, March 30, 2006 in Washington DC.

    Because of Sen. John McCain's transcendent reputation for courage and patriotism, news of his cancer diagnosis shocked Washington with rare force.

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- U.S. Senate Republicans, scolded by President Donald Trump for failing to overturn Obamacare, tried to salvage their seven-year effort for a new healthcare law on Thursday, but leading senators indicated frustration over shifting goal posts. "It really is starting to feel like a bazaar, $50 billion here, $100 billion there, and I feel like its...

  • President Donald Trump speaks during a lunch meeting with Senate Republicans to discuss healthcare at the White House in Washington, July 19, 2017.

    Trump and Republican Congress members never tried to write a bipartisan health-care bill, says Matt Yglesias.

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- The latest version of U.S. Senate Republicans' legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million Americans without health insurance coverage by 2026, the U.S. The Arizona Republican, known for his feisty independence, tweeted "unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!"

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, speaks to the media following a meeting with Republican Senators and US President Donald Trump to discuss the health care bill at the White House, July 19, 2017.

    Senate Republicans so far have presented three different versions of an Obamacare replacement bill.

  • But they still face an uphill battle for their top-flight legislative priority because of unhappy GOP senators. John McCain means the measure would fail if just two GOP senators vote against it. And the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says a revised GOP bill would produce 22 million added uninsured people by 2026.

  • US Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (C), Republican of Kentucky, US Senator Richard Shelby (L), Republican of Alabama, and US Senator Roger Wicker (R), Republican of Mississippi, listen as US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican Senators to discuss the health care bill in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 19, 2017.

    Mitch McConnell is still trying to pass a health-care bill, leaning on these two arguments, Vox reports.

  • WASHINGTON— Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. The White House and GOP leaders fished Thursday for ways to win over recalcitrant senators, including an administration proposal to let states use Medicaid funds to help people buy their own private health insurance.

  • Then came word that two Republican senators not at the dinner- Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas- had announced their opposition to the healthcare proposals put forward by party leaders in the Senate. He called 49 Republican senators over to the White House for lunch and a scolding on Wednesday, telling them they needed to settle their differences and...

  • *Republicans meet behind closed doors on Capitol Hill. WASHINGTON, July 19- Republicans struggling to agree on healthcare legislation to overhaul Obamacare obeyed U.S. After Trump's exhortation to keep trying, party members met with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price behind closed doors on Wednesday night to try to finally come together on a major...