Republican Attempt To Repeal Affordable Care Act Appears Doomed

Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has announced her opposition to the Obamacare repeal bill. (Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has announced her opposition to the Obamacare repeal bill according to USA Today .

Two Republican senators indicated Sunday they are unlikely to support the latest Republican bill to replace Obamacare, making it likely that GOP leaders' last-ditch effort to pass a key campaign promise will fail.

"It's very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill," moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said on CNN's "State of the Union" talk show. "I have a number of serious reservations about it."

Perhaps more surprisingly, conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said at the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival on Sunday that GOP leaders do not have his vote on the bill by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La.

If Collins and Cruz end up opposing the bill, Republican leaders would fall short of the 50 votes they need to pass the bill. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., have already come out against the legislation, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is undecided.

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