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McConnell says he doesn’t have votes for health care bill; will move forward on effort to repeal ACA

In a statement released late Monday night, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), acknowledged that he does not have the votes to pass the proposed new health care bill.

He indicated in the statement that the Senate will now take up a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and implement a two-year transition period to move to a new health care system.

Sen. Mitch McConnell

The statement released Monday by Sen. McConnell:

 “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.”

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