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Senate Republicans quietly working on health overhaul bill

Patty Murray, Lamar Alexander Patty Murray, Lamar Alexander | Photo: AP.

May 22, 2017 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington is fixated on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey and burgeoning investigations into possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

But in closed-door meetings, Senate Republicans are trying to write legislation dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. They would substitute their own tax credits, ease coverage requirements and cut the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor and disabled that Obama enlarged.

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The House passed its version this month, but not without difficulty, and now Republicans who run the Senate are finding hurdles, too.

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By ALAN FRAM

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