Finally, some Republicans are coming to their senses. For 7 years they promised to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. Now it seems doomsday has arrived for those who want to repeal. Two more Republican senators on Monday said that they will oppose the current Trumpcare bill. After the announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly called for a vote to repeal Obamacare without replacement options.
Senators Jerry Moran (R-Ks) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) became the 3rd and 4th GOP senators to declare that they would not support their party’s Trumpcare plan. They even said that they would not back a motion to proceed, which would have allowed debate on the legislation.
The Republicans, have already seen two oppose the bill and now with two more it gets better and better. The opposition of both senators created what is hopefully a death blow to the bill.
Following the announcement from the senators, a Trump tweet urged Republicans to just repeal Obamacare first, and then come up with a solution for replacing it. Oh yeah, like that’s a good idea. A White House official said in a statement that, “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.” Um, no sorry inaction is the best option leave it alone.
McConnell had this to say about calling for a vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement bill:
“Regretfully, it’s now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of 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 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.”
When the Senate Republicans released their bill to replace Obamacare, two GOP senators, Rand Paul and Susan Collins immediately opposed it. Sen. Mike Lee took some time but eventually believed that the bill did not go far enough in its repeal of Obamacare. Lee said in a statement, “In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, [the bill] doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle-class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations.”
Moran then said that the bill “fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address health care’s rising costs. We must now start fresh with an open legislative process to develop innovative solutions that provide greater personal choice, protections for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower overall costs for Kansans,” he said in a statement.
We look forward to seeing your thoughts on this breaking news about the collapse of the Republican health care plan. Don’t let the door hitcha on the way out Trumpcare…actually please do.