The latest repeal roadblock

The Senate Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act hit another bump today, with three senators coming out against a clean repeal.

  • The list of "no" votes: Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski.
  • Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will still push for a procedural vote on the bill in the "very near future," even if the lacks the votes, he said today.
  • Trump's reaction: "Let Obamacare fail, it will be a lot easier. And I think we're probably in that position where we'll just let Obamacare fail. We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us."

What we're watching: Senior GOP aides tell Axios' Caitlin Owens that the holdouts are being pushed to vote yes on the first of two votes, although one aide told Caitlin: "No one believes a deal can be made at this point. The three ladies are waaaay smarter than that."

Go deeper: Axios' Erica Pandey charts seven years of GOP promises on repeal.

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