Senators end meeting stalemated on health care

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks following a closed-door strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Sen. McConnell says Republicans will have a "discussion draft" of a GOP-only bill scuttling former President Barack Obama's health care law by Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


WASHINGTON (AP) — Around two dozen Republican senators have ended a private meeting on the party’s stalemated health care bill with no visible signs of progress.

Several senators described a positive session also attended by health secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. None offered any specific examples of progress from the nearly three-hour meeting.

Wyoming GOP Sen. John Barrasso says, “We still do have work to do to get to a vote of 50, but people are committed to continuing that work.”

The White House and Senate leaders are trying to revive a bill repealing and rewriting much of President Barack Obama’s health law. It has failed to win support from 50 of the 52 senators, leaving the effort nearly dead.

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