The Latest: McConnell looking to salvage health care plan | Health – Alabama News

The Latest: McConnell looking to salvage health care plan | Health – Alabama News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Obama health care law (all times local):

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is exploring options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill. But he’s confronting a growing chorus of GOP detractors. And there’s deepening uncertainty over whether the party can resuscitate its bedrock promise to repeal President Barack Obama’s overhaul. A day after McConnell unexpectedly abandoned plans to whisk the measure through his chamber this week because he lacked the votes, fresh GOP critics popped forward.

A small group of disabled rights activists is in its second day of a sit-in inside Sen. Cory Gardner’s Denver office to protest the Senate health care bill.

The activists say they will not leave until Republican Gardner promises to oppose the legislation. They arrived on Tuesday to demand a meeting with him and stayed overnight when they were told they could not get one.

The office building would not let reporters inside Wednesday. Activist Dawn Russell said by telephone that spirits were high and a pizza just arrived.

Gardner did not say whether he’d support the legislation before Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponed a vote on the bill Tuesday. But the Colorado senator notably is not one of the Republicans who have publicly stated their opposition to the measure.

President Donald Trump says the Republican health care effort is “working along very well” and suggested there could be a “big surprise coming.” The White House did not elaborate on what…

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