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President Donald Trump urged the Senate to reconsider the GOP health care bill, which would repeal and replace Obamacare.
USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will move forward Tuesday with a plan to hold a vote on repealing Obamacare, but it is still not clear what will be in the bill or whether it has enough votes to pass.

“Many of us have waited literally years for this moment to arrive and, at long last, it finally has,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday as he urged senators to vote Tuesday on a procedural motion to start debate on a health care bill.

“I will vote yes on the motion to proceed and I would urge all our colleagues to do the same,” he continued.

Even if enough lawmakers back the legislation — which did not look likely as of Monday afternoon — the bill may not make it past the ultimate gatekeeper: the Senate parliamentarian.

Two different versions of legislation have been discussed.

The first option is the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would repeal major parts of Obamacare and offer a replacement. It has been criticized by moderates for going too far in rolling back the Affordable Care Act and by conservatives for not going far enough. 

Four Republican senators have already said they will vote against bringing this version of the legislation to the floor for debate; if more than two Republican senators vote no, the Senate will not be able to begin debate.

The second option is a repeal of the Affordable Care Act that would take effect at a future deadline. The goal is for lawmakers to have time to draft a replacement down the road, ideally before the effects of a repeal are felt. The House and Senate passed a version of this bill in 2015, but the vote was largely symbolic because lawmakers knew then-president Barack Obama would veto…