Two more GOP Senators, Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), joined Rand Paul (R-KY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in opposing the Obamacare repeal and replace bill that was already on life support late Monday. The loss of those two potential “yes” votes doomed the legislation.
With it evident that no compromise bill was going to make it out of the Senate, President Trump, tweeted, followed shortly after by a statement from Senate Majority Leader McConnell, a change in tactics.
McConnell called for a vote to repeal Obamacare without an immediate replacement. His statement read, “Regretfully, it’s now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.”
He outlined the plan to proceed, stating, “So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”
It remains unclear whether or not Republicans have the fifty votes needed for a clean repeal. President Trump believes they do, tweeting out before the McConnell statement, “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!
Prior to President Trump sending his tweet a White House official issued a statement saying “inaction is not an option. We look forward to Congress continuing to work toward a bill the President can sign to end the Obamacare nightmare and restore quality care at affordable prices.”
Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017
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