The Latest: GOP health care divisions multiply – Washington Post

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WASHINGTON — The Latest on the Republican health care bill (all times local):

9:45 p.m.

Republicans are getting pressure from all sides about passing a health care bill as opposition has grown and they are being pressured by the White House to act swiftly. So far, there is little evidence Republicans are any closer to agreement on how to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Vice President Mike Pence says Republicans might have to resort to a straightforward repeal of Obama’s law. But that approach has no chance of success in the House or Senate.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas tells reporters that a revised bill will be unveiled this week, and “the goal continues to be to” vote next week.

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5:35 p.m.

GOP divisions over health care are multiplying as the White House pressures Senate Republicans to act swiftly to pass Obamacare repeal legislation.

So far, there is scant evidence Republicans are any closer to agreement.

Vice President Mike Pence says Republicans might have to resort to a straightforward repeal of Obama’s law, an approach with no chance of success in the House or Senate.

As Republicans descend into finger-pointing, Democrats sit back and watch.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas tells reporters that a revised bill will be unveiled this week, and “the goal continues to be to” vote next week.

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4:55 p.m.

The No. 2 Republican in the Senate says senators will vote next week on a new health care bill to repeal and replace key parts of so-called Obamacare.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas tells reporters that the revised legislation will be unveiled this week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is tweaking his bill after having had to abruptly cancel a vote last month because of lack of support.

It remains uncertain whether McConnell will be able to get the 50 GOP votes he needs given a slim margin for error in a Senate with 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats.

McConnell is trying to pass the bill with only Republican support and Vice President Mike Pence as the tie-breaker.

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3:20 p.m.

Young people protesting Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have been arrested outside the offices of Republican senators.

About 10 protesters shouting slogans such as “health care is a human right” have been led away from the corridor outside the office of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.

Protesters also gathered outside the offices of Arkansas Sen. John Boozman and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner.

The Senate has returned to session after a weeklong recess. Republicans are struggling to reach consensus on a plan to repeal and replace the so-called Obamacare law. The measure is coming under renewed attack from within the GOP.

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1:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is pressuring divided Senate Republicans to pass their stalled health care bill in the next few weeks.

But the measure is coming under renewed attack from within the GOP, with a moderate senator calling for a bipartisan approach.

At the same time, a conservative senator says Republicans are “at impasse” and that party leaders are trying to “buy off” lawmakers’ votes.

Senators are returning to the Capitol after a weeklong July 4 recess that, if anything, saw GOP support erode for a bill fashioned by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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