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Senate healthcare bill comes up short on votes

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The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), GOP Senate healthcare bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, fell short of votes to pass as more Republicans raised opposition to the the bill. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proposed a repeal-only (and replace later) strategy that also met opposition from Republican Senators. McConnell’s repeal strategy will effectively wipe out the requirement for people to have health coverage.

On Wednesday, President Trump invited all the GOP Senators to the White House for lunch, with great hopes to change the minds of those in opposition. If he can’t garner the votes to get the bill through the Senate, Trump says he will wait to let the ACA fail. McConnell plans to hold a vote next week for his repeal-only plan that would give lawmakers two more years to develop a replacement. Opposing Senators believe this will only create more chaos in an already unstable situation for the American people.