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>> Now we have to keep working hard. We're determined to everything we can to succeed.>> Republicans still on the hunt for a winning formula to repeal Obamacare as they scramble for votes in the Senate. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Republicans are running out of options as they try to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Their two main proposals going down to defeat in the Senate as conservatives and moderates remain at odds over the best way to get rid of Obamacare. President Trump pushing for action but the party's best option at this point may be a bill that actually keeps most of Obamacare intact.
That's not the outcome Republicans are hoping for, but at this point remains perhaps the best way to keep their repeal efforts alive. The Republicans plan to repeal and replace Obama's health law when they've been working on in the Senate since May, defeated on Tuesday night by a vote of 43 to 57.
On Wednesday they considered a simpler plan that would simply get rid of Obamacare two years from now, giving the party more time to figure out a replacement.>> The amendment is not agreed to.>> That also defeated by a vote of 45 to 55. This all coming after Republicans barely pulled together enough votes to begin debate on Tuesday.
Now Republicans hoping they can unite around a much less ambitious plan they're calling skinny repeal. Details still fluid at this point, but from what lawmakers tell us it sounds like it would remove Obamacare's penalties for people who don't buy insurance and employers who don't offer it. Also taking aim at Obamacare's medical device tax, but keeping other elements of the law in place.
Conservative activist like Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, saying they can live with this approach even though it's far short of what they wanted.>> It is disappointing, the House had them all repealed, the Senate originally had them all repealed. But it's where we are, and it's what we need to do-
>> This is far short of what Republicans have been promising voters since 2010, but it may be the only version that they can pass out of the Senate. At that point, they could hammer out a final version with a more conservative House of Representatives. That means more negotiations, more votes, more weeks of uncertainty dealing with this unpopular and difficult topic.
For Republicans, success remains a possibility, but the odds are long.