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McConnell said the Senate majority has still not given up on "changing the American health care system".

Senate GOP leaders acknowledged today that, with not enough support to bring the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace Obamacare to the floor, it's time for them to turn again to tax reform.

"We don't have the votes", Sen. Collins, of ME, told reporters that she made her decision despite a phone call from Trump, who's been futilely trying to press unhappy GOP senators to back the measure. The budget vehicle allowing for Republicans to pass their repeal effort with a simple majority vote, as opposed to the 60 votes it usually takes to move legislation forward in the chamber, expires on September 30.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) derailed an Obamacare repeal last week when he announced that he will oppose the bill.

Collins announced her decision shortly after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said "millions" of Americans would lose coverage under the bill and projected it would impose $1 trillion in Medicaid cuts through 2026. John Kennedy, R-La., leaving a luncheon where GOP senators decided against holding a futile roll call.

Gillibrand credited opponents who "made clear that they would be harmed if that bill passed" for helping derail the Republicans' health care repeal measure.

Bill Cassidy, R-La., that aims to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and replace it with federal block grants to each state. "It's obvious - we don't have the votes right now, you don't vote until you have them". "We've had a hard time articulating what we're for". We're not going to do it this week, but it still lies ahead of us.

The Senate has now chose to move on to tax reform and experts have pointed out that the likelihood of another Republican-only attempt to repeal Obamacare looks rare until 2018, an election year. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the plug on the latest version of a bill created to dismantle the controversial health law.

"I don't know that we've fundamentally changed anything other than we're re-shuffling who gets the money and that's going to make some people happy and embitter other people", Paul said Monday.

"The Senate Republicans did not succeed in their shameful attempts to rip health insurance away from Arkansans", the party said in a statement.

However, the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has immediately turned the page and confirmed that the priority was now the tax reform desired by both republicans Congress and the american president.

Trump has said " We have to get rid of the filibuster rule. In a September 13 letter, ACP detailed numerous reasons why the original version of GCHJ will undermine the coverage, the benefits, and consumer protections for millions of people and could lead to losing their coverage entirely, including many of our most vulnerable citizens in Medicaid. "States could also limit specific categories of benefits for Affordable Care Act policies, such as eliminating coverage for mental health or substance abuse treatment".