Admit Defeat, move on to bigger Defeat?
The current version of the Senate health care bill is dead, following last night's opposition from Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran — and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's subsequent admission that the Senate's repeal-and-replace bill "will not be successful." He said the Senate will instead vote on straight repeal with a two-year delay.
It'll be a tough vote for McConnell's caucus, but holding it is probably the only way he can declare health care dead for good and move on.
Most of the Senate GOP caucus is already on the record supporting full repeal.
What killed the bill: The biggest, most consistent obstacle was that the complaints within the GOP caucus were diverse, and a big part of that caucus was not especially invested in reconciling them.
As one senior GOP aide put it to Axios' Caitlin Owens last night, before McConnell's announcement:
Who's breathing a sigh of relief, and who's breathing into a paper bag: