New Senate health care bill quickly runs into trouble

FILE - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 13, 2017, after announcing the revised version of the Republican health care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders have unveiled a new health care bill in their increasingly desperate effort to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal and replace “Obamacare.”

They immediately lost two key votes, leaving none to spare as the party’s own divisions put its top campaign pledge in serious jeopardy.

President Donald Trump declared this week that failure would make him “very angry” and that he would blame Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The reworked bill McConnell presented to fellow Republicans on Thursday aims to win conservatives’ support by letting insurers sell low-cost, skimpy policies. He seeks to placate hesitant moderates by adding billions to combat opioid abuse and help consumers with skyrocketing insurance costs.

But it was not clear whether the Republican leader has achieved the delicate balance he needs.

 

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