July 17, 2017 (WASHINGTON) With the surgery of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) the vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was delayed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). However, late tonight two more Republicans announced their opposition to the current form of the bill. Mike Lee of Utah told The Resurgent in part:
In the health care debate today we see not merely Forgotten Men but a Forgotten Class: Millions of middle-class families are being forced to pay billions in higher health insurance premiums to help those with pre-existing conditions.
This hidden tax, paid every month to insurance companies instead of to the government, is one of the most crushing financial burdens middle-class families deal with today.
Senator Lee objects to any protection for preexisting conditions that still remain in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate version of the bill. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, who stated over Twitter:
In other words, he is afraid that this could be the first step to a similar system that exists in both advanced and not so advanced economies around the world. This is single payer health care. His objection is to the process, which has not been open and has been a top down legislative process.
They join Libertarian Rand Paul of Kentucky and moderate Susan Collins of Maine. This means that McConnell lacks the votes to bring this to the floor at this time. We will not call this a dead bill yet. After all, the American Health Care Act seemed dead at one point in the House. It has been passed.
President Donald Trump is now calling for a simple repeal of the ACA over Twitter. He believes that Democrats will have to join in with a new piece of legislation that should start from a clean slate. It seems that Leader McConnell has taken the president’s advice:
July 17, 2017 – July 18, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement regarding a vote to repeal Obamacare:
“Regretfully, it is 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.”
Updated to reflect McConnell’s statement