Mr. Ryanâs assurances may just win the night. For all his bluster, Mr. Graham said he would trust the speaker.
Sen. Johnson also looked like a yes.
But Mr. McCain was holding out.
Senate Republicans trim sails on âRepeal and Replace.â
The turmoil came as Senate Republicans, unable to reach consensus on broad legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, looked instead at chipping away at it.
Besides the mandates, Senator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, said the other item under discussion for the so-called Skinny Repeal is rolling back a tax on medical devices imposed by the health law.
But to avoid a 60-vote threshold for passage, the bill must meet specific deficit reduction targets. Itâs still not clear how those targets will be reached.
Then thereâs the question of what would come next. Republican leaders are assuring senators that the narrow repeal would be merely a vehicle to begin negotiations with House Republicans on…