The latest Republican effort to unwind the Affordable Care Act collapsed on Monday as a third GOP senator announced her opposition and left the proposal short of the votes needed to pass.
While one top Republican senator held out the possibility that the Senate might still vote on the bill, others accepted the reality that the push had sputtered out after Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine, joined two of her colleagues in formal opposition.
Monday’s developments amounted to a massive setback to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and President Donald Trump, who spent the past week trying to rally support for a last-ditch attempt to fulfill a seven-year Republican promise. The effort lost much of its steam in the last four days, as it became clear that the new proposal had not resolved the same disagreements that had plagued Republicans in the failed July push.
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