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    Senate Rejects Repeal-Only Obamacare Proposal

    There’s a pre-existing problem. Deep divisions within the GOP were laid bare yesterday when a “clean repeal” bill — revoking major parts of the Affordable Care Act without providing a replacement — was soundly beaten in the Senate 45-55, with seven Republicans breaking ranks. It was the second such defeat in 24 hours for GOP leadership, highlighting their struggle to reach a consensus against Obamacare. Nonetheless, some in the Republican camp believe a “skinny repeal,” which abolishes individual and employer insurance mandates, could be passed later this week.

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