After some late-night conversations, President Trump and Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have decided to call for a full, clean repeal of Obamacare.
The official statements were released after four other Republican senators backed away from the repeal-and-replace bill.
With these men leaving, McConnell was unable to reach the 50 votes needed to pass the full Obamacare rewrite. Donald Trump tweeted, “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now and work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Democrats will join in!”
Mitch McConnell Talks About Repeal Issues
McConnell spoke publicly about the decision:
“Regretfully, it is not apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure Obamacare will not be successful. 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 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 state transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”
Democrats Still Consider Torpedoing Any Obamacare Repeal Bill
The Daily Caller reports:
“Republican Sens. Rand Paul, a Kentucky conservative, and Susan Collins, a Maine liberal, had opposed the Senate’s second repeal-and-replace bill early on. Paul, because he felt it left Obamacare in place; Collins, because she opposed repealing the welfare programs it entailed. They were joined in their opposition Monday by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas.”
“Democrats, who have vowed to torpedo any GOP effort to repeal Obamacare, might then be pulled to the negotiation table, enabling Washington to pass a bill with support from both parties.”