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McConnell Concedes Bill Might Not Pass, But Reaffirms Need To Shore Up Individual Markets

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will have a new bill ready for the returning lawmakers, but that if they can't reach an agreement "no action is not an alternative" that's acceptable.

The Washington Post: McConnell Says GOP Must Shore Up ACA Insurance Markets If Senate Bill Dies
His suggestion that he and his colleagues might instead try to bolster the insurance exchanges created under the ACA is at odds with Republican talking points that they are beyond repair. The marketplaces were built for people who do not have access to affordable coverage through a job, and at last count slightly more than 10 million Americans had health plans purchased through the exchanges. More than 8 in 10 customers bought their plans with federal subsidies the law provides. (Eilperin and Goldstein, 7/6)

Politico: McConnell: If We Can't Repeal Obamacare, We'll Fix It
A bill to strengthen the insurance markets would presumably need Democratic support to get 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. McConnell in the past has warned fractious GOP lawmakers that if the Republican-only repeal effort failed, he would be forced to work with top Democrat Chuck Schumer on legislation that conservatives would likely oppose much more than the GOP repeal bill. He repeated that after a White House meeting with the president last week. (Haberkorn, 7/6)

The Associated Press: McConnell, Paul Talk Health Care -- Just Not With Each Other
As Republican efforts to get rid of former President Barack Obama's health care law stall in the U.S. Senate, Kentucky's two senators are traveling the state to talk about it. They just aren't talking to each other. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has emerged as one of the biggest obstacles to passing the Republican answer to the Affordable Care Act, adding another wrinkle in his complex relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Beam and Schreiner, 7/7)

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