Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for vote to repeal Affordable Care Act

07/18/2017 09:49 AM

After failing to garner enough Republican support for a repeal and immediate replacement of the Affordable Care Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has now called for a simple repeal. McConnell wants to delay a replacement for two years though so lawmakers have enough time to do so.

McConnell’s statement reads:


“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.”


McConnell’s statement followed tweets from Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas which announced they, too, would not be supporting recently drafted legislation to replace Obamacare. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul had already said that he would not support the effort.

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