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Republican senator announces no vote on ObamaCare repeal: 'I did not come to Washington to hurt people'
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced Tuesday that she will not back Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) plan to repeal ObamaCare without a replacement at the ready. "As I have said before, I did not come to Washington to hurt people," Capito said in her statement.
McConnell and President Trump announced the plan to repeal ObamaCare with a two-year period to write a replacement after the GOP's initial repeal-and-replace bill was killed Monday.
Notably, Capito's no vote means just one more senator needs to come out in opposition in order for the effort to die, BuzzFeed News' Paul McLeod notes:
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is also a no vote on the motion to proceed. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has also expressed concerns, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is not present in the Senate due to his recovery from a recent surgery. Read Capito's full statement below. Jeva Lange