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GOP Senate thumbs nose on Obamacare repeal

(Talking Points Memo) Senate Republicans on Thursday said that they will come up with their own version of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare rather than vote on the bill that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and colleagues in the lower body of Congress have spent weeks hammering into passable shape.

Twelve lawmakers are working on a Senate proposal that may incorporate elements of the bill passed Thursday by the House, the Washington Examiner reported, but it will not be based on the current measure.

“There will be a Senate bill, but it will look at what the House has done and see how much of that we can incorporate in a product that works for us,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) told the Examiner.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he was “told” lawmakers will “draft a Senate bill.”

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