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It takes two: Senate plans to separate Obamacare repeal bill from replacement

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has heeded the advice of President Donald Trump as well as fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who have both called for separating the “repeal and replace” strategy of undoing Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act.

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McConnell issued the following statement late Monday evening:

“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.

“So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”

Earlier, Trump had tweeted a similar idea, calling on Democrats to join in the replacement legislative effort.

Senator Paul shared the president’s tweet.

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