Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement Monday that because the Senate Obamacare repeal and replacement bill has failed, they will be seeking full repeal on its own.
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) July 18, 2017
“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” the statement read.
“So, in the coming days,” it continued, “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.”
President Trump had tweeted in support of full repeal after news of the bill’s failure hit the news.
“Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate,” he posted. “Dems will join in!”
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
The Senate version of Obamacare repeal and replace, called the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” failed after Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) announced their opposition to the legislation Monday.
“After conferring with trusted experts regarding the latest version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment,”Lee said in a statement, “I have decided I cannot support the current version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act.”
“In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it 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.”
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus tweeted soon after the failure of the bill, “Time for full repeal of #Obamacare–let’s put the same thing on President Trump’s desk that we put on President Obama’s desk.”
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) July 18, 2017
Senator Lee will be on the Glenn Beck radio show to discuss his decision Tuesday.