The backers of the new amendment insist that they remain committed to the goal of dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law.
"This amendment will ensure that we move forward with a smart, responsible plan to replace the law as quickly as possible," Portman said.
Murkowski said it's simply "common sense" that repeal and replace happen simultaneously.
"I remain committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act, and I am equally committed to ensuring that all Alaskans and Americans, especially the most vulnerable among us and those in rural communities, have access to affordable, quality health care," Murkowski said.
(With assistance from Laura Litvan, James Rowley and Erik Wasson.)
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