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>> We'll be laying out a revised version of the repeal and replace effort.>> Republicans rejigging their much-maligned health care plan but it's far from clear that they'll have the votes to succeed.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is ramping up the pressure as his party tries to repeal and replace Obama Care Scheduling a vote for next week, even though we don't know at this point exactly what is in the bill, or whether there are enough votes to pass it.
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And in an unusual move, McConnell saying he's going to keep the Senate working well into August. Usually, lawmakers are long gone from Washington by that point. That should buy him a few more weeks, if he needs them, to twist arms. McConnell saying he's going to release a new version of the bill on Thursday.
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The troubled Senate Republican bill as written would roll back some taxes on the wealthy and scale back the Medicaid health program for the poor, saving the government hundreds of billions of dollars but leaving 22 million more American's without coverage. McConnell now reportedly willing to drop those tax cuts.
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That could help them win the support of centrists, like Susan Collins of Maine, but could anger conservatives like Mike Lee of Utah. Other possible tweaks include more money to fight the opioid crisis and looser regulations to allow insurance companies to sell low cost plans with minimal coverage. McConnell has little room for error, he can't lose more than two of his 52 republicans and far more than that number have already come out against the bill.
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It's not clear at this point whether McConnell has managed to win any of these skeptics back. But by scheduling a vote, he's gambling that they ultimately will choose to support a bill they don't like rather than letting their seven year dream of repealing Obamacare slip through their fingers.