- Associated Press - Monday, July 17, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds has defended Republican efforts to both repeal and replace the Obama administration’s health care law.

The South Dakota Republican discussed the Senate GOP’s health care bill during a Monday evening tele-town hall.

At least two questioners announced their support for repealing the Affordable Care Act. Rounds says a replacement is also necessary to help people afford transitioning away from the law.

After the town hall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would push for a clean repeal bill after two more Republican senators announced opposition to his replacement measure.

A spokeswoman for Rounds didn’t immediately return a request for comment on the development.

Rounds says tele-town halls are a tool that allows him to connect with people statewide while work requires him to be in Washington.

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