What the heck is going on in Washington D.C? Just moments away from repealing and replacing Obamacare, two Republicans went back on previous agreements to take Obama’s side and choose ObamaCare.
Republican Senators Mike Lee (UT) and Jerry Moran (KS) declared that they will be joining Rand Paul (KY) and Susan Collins (ME) in opposition to the current version of the bill. Several other Republican senators had been undecided, but only two could vote against the bill and still get the bill to pass.
Senator Lee said of his decision:
“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.”
Senator Moran said:
“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy. 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.”
President Trump had invited several senators to dinner over the weekend to talk about the healthcare bill and shore up support for it. He had previously called Obamacare a “disaster” and urged the Senate to replace it in a video last week:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2017
President Trump and ourselves were feeling confident. Trump had the plan, and until now..the support.
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell is in a tough bind to craft legislation that appeals to nearly all Republican senators. Even the addition of Ted Cruz’s amendment to allow some insurers to offer cheaper plans outside of Obamacare did not win enough Senators.
But this isn’t good enough. Trump needs the support.
The Republican legislators need to get their acts together. They have been promising to repeal Obamacare for years, and now they finally have their chance.