Jul 18, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
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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