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Dead in the water: Senate Republicans ditch latest effort to replace Obamacare

The Cassidy-Graham fiasco underlines the GOP’s failure to be a party of government

By Iwan Morgan  

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer speaks at a rally against the Graham-Cassidy health care bill on Capitol Hill. Photo: KEVIN DIETSCH/UPI/PA Images

Yesterday the Senate Republican leadership decided against holding a vote on the last-gasp effort to replace Obamacare. This would have happened under budget reconciliation rules allowing a simple majority vote to put it on the statute books. After 30th September, a replacement bill will require a supermajority of 60 votes to pass, an unattainable target in the current Congress.

Even by the standards of recent US politics, the…

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