Senate healthcare bill has died

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The current GOP legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare with a new healthcare bill effectively collapsed Monday night, after two Republican senators announced they will not support it.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) officially withdrew their support of the measure Monday night, bringing the total to four Republican senators who are against the bill.  The other two GOP senators who had already said they would vote no are Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) and Rand Paul (Ky.)

Since Republicans only have a 52-seat majority, they could only afford to lose two votes and still get the bill passed.

Moran issued a series of Twitter posts and a public statement Monday evening, saying, “My colleague @SenMikeLee and I will not support the MTP to this version of BCRA,” and added, “For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one.”

He then tweeted a public statement that said, “There are serious problems with Obamacare, and my goal remains what it has been for a long time: to repeal and replace it. This closed-door process has yielded the BCRA, which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs.”

Sen. Lee also posted a public statement explaining his refusal to support the bill. “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,” Lee said.

“The American people and @realdonaldtrump deserve a real repeal bill. We’ll keep fighting until we get one,” Lee tweeted.

According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Senate will now try to separate the repeal and replacement measures. “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,” McConnell stated.

President Trump agreed, sending out a Twitter post Monday night that said, “Republican should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!”


Sen. Rand Paul tweeted, “As @realDonaldTrump and I discussed last week. Clean repeal now!”


Two House Republicans tweeted out an agreement, saying they should just pass the repeal legislation that was proposed during the Obama administration.

 

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