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U.S. republicans to focus on Obamacare repeal effort as new health bill collapses

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Republicans in the U.S. Senate will work to roll back Obamacare health reforms without an immediate replacement, the chamber's Republican leader said Monday, after an initial repeal-and-replace effort collapsed.

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"Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

"So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being... a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care," McConnell said.

The House of Representatives passed the new health care legislation in May, but it also needs to be approved by the Senate to become law.

US President Donald Trump - who has made repealing the health care reforms of his predecessor, Barack Obama, a top priority - called on his party to try again, after the Senate's repeal-and-replace effort appeared doomed to failure earlier Monday.

"Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate," Trump tweeted. "Dems will join in!"

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