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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told members of a Glasgow Rotary this week if the Republican effort to repeal much of the Obama health care law fails, a more limited bill will be needed to buttress health insurance marketplaces around the country. 

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Americans broadly disapprove of the Senate GOP's health care bill, and they're unhappy with how Republicans are handling the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

Updated at 5 p.m. ET

Senate Republicans have updated their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, attempting to patch a hole that threatened to destabilize the individual insurance market.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has unveiled the newest version of a bill to replace many provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Negotiations over the much-anticipated bill were held in private, with even some Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul criticizing the secretive process “with little time to fully evaluate the proposal.”

Paul issued a statement Thursday saying he wasn’t ready to vote in favor of the new bill because it doesn’t fully repeal Obamacare.

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If Republicans in Congress move forward with their plan to replace Obamacare, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s ideas for the future of the program could also go up in smoke.

Republicans are running way behind schedule.

In the dream scenario outlined by party leaders back in January, President Trump would have signed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, months ago. By early June, Republicans were supposed to be in the thick of overhauling the tax code.

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U.S. Congressman James Comer of Kentucky's 1st District says the new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Republican healthcare plan shows lower insurance premiums and a reduction of the federal deficit.

The revised Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will leave 23 million more people uninsured in 2026 than if that act, also known as Obamacare, were to remain in place. The GOP bill would also reduce the deficit by $119 billion over 10 years.

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul says his chamber has a chance to “fix Obamacare after the House didn’t.” 

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The American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace Obamacare, is encountering stiff resistance. Even in places that voted Republican, such as the Ohio Valley, protests are popping up as the bill moves to the Senate. Some opponents are newly motivated by a recent medical study on life expectancy. It found that unlike most of the country, parts of the Ohio Valley have seen lifespans get shorter.

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