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Sen. Lisa Murkowski Third Republican Opposing Repeal Measure

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 01:07 PM

Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday she's "not there" when it comes to voting on a measure to repeal and then replace Obamacare.

"I said in January we should not repeal without a replacement," the Alaska Republican said, when reporters stopped her while she was boarding an elevator at the Capitol. "An indefinite hold on this just creates more chaos and confusion."

With her comments, Murkowski joined Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia Tuesday saying she would not vote for the measure being presented after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday night abandoned efforts to get a Senate Republicans' reform effort passed, The Hill reports.

"My position on this issue is driven by its impact on West Virginians. With that in mind, I cannot vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians," Capito said in a statement.

Collins, meanwhile, said she also opposes the repeal measure, as "we can't just hope that we will pass a replacement within the next two years. Repealing without a replacement would create great uncertainty for individuals who rely on the [Affordable Care Act] and cause further turmoil in the insurance markets."

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