McConnell Raises Doubts About ObamaCare Vote

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July 7, 2017

104524383-GettyImages-693062378-mcconnell.530x298A bill focused on buttressing the nation’s insurance marketplaces will be needed if the full fledged Republican effort to repeal much of President Barack Obama’s health care law fails, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. It was one of his most explicit acknowledgments that his party’s top-priority drive to erase much of Obama’s landmark 2010 statutes might fall short.

The remarks by McConnell, R-Ky., also implicitly meant that to show progress on health care, Republicans controlling the White House and Congress might have to negotiate with Democrats. While the current, wide-ranging GOP health care bill — which McConnell is still hoping to push through the Senate — has procedural protections against a Democratic Senate filibuster, a subsequent, narrower measure would not and would take 60 votes to pass.

The existing bill would fail if just three of the 52 Republicans vote no, since all Democrats oppose it. McConnell was forced to cancel a planned vote on the measure last week after far more Republicans than that objected, and he’s been spending the Independence Day recess studying possible changes that might win over GOP dissidents.

“If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur,” McConnell said at a Rotary Club lunch in this deep-red rural area in southern Kentucky. He made the comment after being asked if he envisioned needing bipartisan cooperation to replace Obama’s law.

  • Retired

    McConnell should take his pussy hat off that his wife gave him when Trump won . Kill the ACA and open the borders for the insurance Industry and let the free market take its toll on the criminals at the top .

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  • BOC

    The bill that was written by that slimy rat fink c#$ksucker Ryan is meant to take down Trump. This POS bill will raise premiums by 20% in 2018 months before the mid terms. Remember, Ryan would have been the most powerful Republican in Washington had the hag won the presidency and he’s attempting to reassert his place in the Washington Establishment Power Structure. He could care less if the Republicans lose the house because he’s has the “Speakership” already emblazoned on his resume. I also believe the imbeciles in his district will no doubt reelect this reprobate in ’18. Trump is kicking ass and will eventually bury Eddie Munster and McConnell.
    Trump is playing both Ryan and McConnell and is subtly undermining this bill. He’s more in line with what Cruz and Rand Paul have been proposing for healthcare reform and he’ll get it. He’s not only fighting the Dems and Press, and beating them into submission, but also the Republican establishment.

  • Mike N

    When did the dems ever bother to negotiate with the Republicans. How about Obamacare. The dems are like a bunch of sheep doing what the shepherd tells them. Not true of the Republicans and in the case unfortunately.

  • Rodney Steward

    First off, McConnell is the wrong person to be doing anything, he needs to be at home shelling peas at least he’d be accomplishing something! Cruz has the right plan in my book, and you’d think after 7 D’N years they could have come up with something other than looking like a sack full of Maxine Waters, this is pathetic!

  • mudguy1

    If the Rino’s and the rest of of the lying Republicans would get behind Senator Cruz’s proposal to let insurense companies sell any plan that the people want as long as they have the choice of at least two of the Obamacare plans. So far there are only 15 real Republicans that are supporting his plan.
    These Rino’s that are in the leadership of the GOP are proving they have NO intention repealing Obamacare by the roots. Their lief repealing it is worse the the lie we were told that we could keep our doctor and insurance.
    If Mcconnell was a real Republican and real leader he would change the filibuster rule so they could repeal all of Obamacare with 51 votes. Thats what the Democrats would do and they did that when they passed Obamacare in the first place.
    Khrushchev said this.
    “When you are skinning your customers, you should leave some skin on to heal, so that you can skin them again.”
    For a lot of us we have been skinned for the last time.
    “Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us”
    If they don’t completely repeal Obamacare by the roots the GOP will lose the Senate in 2018 It will be very hard to find a reason to vote for them agin.

  • Stephen Porcari

    Mcconnell, just what did you mean when you said “root and branch” was it like ” if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” etc,etc.

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