Two more Republican senators announce opposition to healthcare bill, dooming current GOP plan – Los Angeles Times

Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed in the Senate Monday evening as two more GOP senators announced they would oppose the latest plan backed by their party’s leadership.

The announcements by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas brought to four the number of Republican senators opposed to even bringing the bill to the Senate floor for debate.

With all Senate Democrats opposed, the “no” votes were enough to kill the current measure.

It had long been unclear whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be able to marshal the 50 votes needed from his 52-seat majority. But the abrupt failure of the GOP measure marked another embarrassing defeat in the years-long effort by Republicans to repeal the healthcare law, also known as Obamacare.

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