The Latest: GOP concedes defeat on health care overhaul

The Latest on the Republican effort to overhaul the Obama health law (all times local):

7 p.m.

Senate Republicans have conceded defeat on their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare.”

The bill’s authors acknowledge they don’t have the votes ahead of a critical deadline at the end of this week.

President Donald Trump is slamming ‘certain so-called Republicans’ and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the focus will now turn to tax reform.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a sponsor of the latest, last-ditch effort, says Republicans are going to fulfill the promise they’ve made to voters and the GOP base for the past seven years.

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2:39 p.m.

Senate Republicans are insisting they won’t give up on repealing and replacing the Obama health care law even as they abandoned plans for a vote this week.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters after a closed-door luncheon in which the GOP decided not to hold the vote: “We haven’t given up on changing the American health care system. We aren’t going to be able to do it this week.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a sponsor of the latest, last-ditch effort, said Republicans are going to fulfill the promise they’ve made to voters and the GOP base for the past seven years.

But it was clear that the GOP is moving on to the next complicated legislative priority. McConnell said: “Where we go from here is tax reform.”

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2:05 p.m.

Senate Republicans will not vote this week on the latest, last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

That’s the word from senators as they emerged from a closed-door meeting on Tuesday. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona shook his head and said “no” when asked about plans for a vote.

The setback marks the end for the latest drive to overturn the law, a promise the GOP has made to voters for seven years.

The latest iteration of the bill was sponsored by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, but opposition from at least three Republican senators in the narrowly-divided Senate sunk the measure’s chances. Democrats were unified in their opposition.

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11:52 a.m.

A new analysis finds that 34 states and Washington, D.C., would lose money under the newest version of the Republican health care bill.

This is despite last-minute changes to the legislation.

Overall, states would get $205 billion less in federal health care money from 2020-2026, according to the analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health, which was released Tuesday.

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