Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday the chamber will wait until next week to vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare.
"For the information of all Senators, at the request of the President and Vice President and after consulting with our members, we will have the vote on the Motion to Proceed to the Obamacare repeal bill early next week," McConnell, R-Ky., announced on the Senate floor.
The bill will replicate a 2015 measure Senate Republicans passed which would have repealed much of Obamacare after a two-year delay that would provide time for bipartisan legislation to replace it.
At least four Republicans said they will not vote on another measure to repeal Obamacare without a replacement, suggesting the effort is doomed to fail.
McConnell said if the repeal vote fails, senators will hold bipartisan hearings on how to respond to problems with the current healthcare law, including collapsing healthcare markets and skyrocketing premiums and deductibles.