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Senate Health-Care Debate Opens With Rejection of McConnell Plan

  • Vote opens several days of debate on replacing Obamacare
  • Senate to vote Wednesday on simple repeal, also likely to fail
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'Skinny Repeal' Health Bill Gains Traction in Senate

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The Senate rejected Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health-care proposal late Tuesday at the start of several days of debate with no clear idea of what Obamacare-replacement plan the senators will ultimately be asked to pass.

The 43-57 vote against a modified version of McConnell’s plan, with 60 required to adopt it, came hours after a dramatic 51-50 vote to begin debate. Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie after Senator John McCain, who is undergoing brain-cancer treatment, flew in from his home state of Arizona to cast the tying vote to move the bill forward.