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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a key opponent of the Republican health care bill, does a television news interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. was forced to delay a vote due to rebellion in his own party, (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Senate rejected a repeal-only Obamacare plan



The Senate on Wednesday voted 55-45 to reject a proposal that would have repealed most of Obamacare.

The Hill reported that the amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) would have scrapped the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before giving lawmakers two years for creating a replacement.

Every Democratic senator reportedly opposed Paul’s amendment, but seven Republicans also voted against it.

GOP Sens. John McCain (AZ), Rob Portman (OH), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Dean Heller (NV), Susan Collins (ME), Lamar Alexander (TN) and Shelley Moore Capito (WV) voted against the measure.

Some Twitter users on Wednesday criticized the Senate for not immediately repealing Obamacare despite there being no immediate replacement for the healthcare law.

Other people on the social media platform praised the vote, which is the latest setback for Republicans amid their longstanding quest to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Wednesday’s vote followed the defeat of a separate amendment the night before that would implemented a plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare instead.

The Senate on Tuesday voted to start debate on a healthcare bill previously passed on the House in what was a win for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie on the issue, with enough Republicans deadlocking the vote beforehand while all Democrats opposed it.

Republicans have long promised to repeal and potentially replace Obamacare but the party’s lawmakers have struggled to unify around the best strategy for doing so.

Conservatives have argued most of Obamacare should be scrapped, while moderates have voiced a more cautious approach to dismantling parts of the law.

President Trump has made reforming America’s healthcare system a key part of his agenda, with a particular focus on repealing Obamacare.

Trump has repeatedly described the law, which is named after former President Barack Obama, as a “disaster” for everyday Americans.

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