As talks of a "skinny repeal" echo through the Capitol, conservatives' hopes of a more heavyset repeal of Obamacare collapsed on Wednesday.
The Senate voted 55 to 45 against an amendment backed by conservatives that would repeal large swathes of Obamacare without a replacement. The repeal-only legislation provides a two year delay to give Congress time to find an alternative, and contrasts with the so-called "skinny" repeal which would leave most parts of Obamacare in place and may be voted on later this week. The catch is that if Congress to come up with a replacement in two years, 18 million people lose health insurance due to a large scaling back of Medicaid and the end of private insurance subsidies.
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