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Senate Republican leaders had hoped to start the voting process for the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Wednesday. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pulled the 142-page bill — which would make sweeping changes to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act — from consideration on Tuesday after it was clear he did not have enough support in the Senate GOP caucus.
The move was a reminder of the impossible legislative tangle McConnell and Republicans face as they struggle to fulfill a years-long promise to roll back former President Barack Obama’s health care reform.
So instead of holding a vote, Republicans are now regrouping and rewriting the bill. What exactly happened? Here’s what Capitol Hill Producer Julie Percha and I found after talking with dozens of senators and staffers across three different buildings today:
READ MORE: Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote
Lisa Desjardins is a correspondent for PBS NewsHour, where she covers news from the U.S. Capitol while also traveling across the country to report on how decisions in Washington affect people where they live and work.
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