GOP pessimism rising on ObamaCare repeal
Senate Republicans are returning to Washington increasingly pessimistic about their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
They had to abandon their plans for a vote next week, and they have seen faithful members double their opposition to the law, or at least if they are paid.
Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) – a “no” who took many in Washington by surprise – moved away from the procedures used in the chamber to draft the Senate bill.
“It’s not just the Democrats,” he said at an educated meeting, but noted, with voters in rural Kansas.
When asked if he could support the bill, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told voters that “I do not know if we will even receive an invoice,” according to the Des Moines registry.
Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Who normally aligns with leadership, was also cast as “no” during recreational break.
Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Seemed to suggest that Republicans will have to move to Plan B which involves stabilizing insurance markets if they can not pass their bill.
“If my team can not agree on a suitable substitute, some sort of action on private health insurance needs to happen,” he told a meeting of the Rotary Club in Kentucky.
The gloomy outlook highlights why McConnell tried to complete his work on repeal and replacement legislation before July 4 recess.
McConnell did not want his members to face additional pressure during the break, and he did not want to spend more time on medical care. His lecture is now facing a three-week marathon session to take action on the issue.
The committee remains deeply divided with grassroots members who indicate they do not believe they are close to an agreement that could capture 50 votes.
“We are still weeks away from a vote, I think,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) Said a televised Q & A event, as dozens of demonstrators urged opposing the proposed Senate bill.
Moran added that there was no “significant consensus” on how to solve health care.
“[It is almost impossible to try to resolve when you try to do it with 51 votes in the United States Senate, where there is no significant consensus on what the end result should be,” he said.
The leadership held a port of pre-recess talks behind closed doors to try to reach agreements that undecided lawmakers would win, including adding more money for the treatment of opioids.
With a slim majority of 52 seats, McConnell can not afford to lose two Republican senators and let Vice President Pence shock. With Hoeven’s defection, there are about 10 Republican senators who publicly oppose the bill.
“Compared to the optimism of what it was last week … I’m very pessimistic,” Grassley told voters in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, adding that he believes Congress will do something, even if it is repealed and then.
Republicans have campaigned for years to repeal and replace ObamaCare, arguing that the Affordable Care Act “no” and a “death spiral” and insists that the law is not adjustable.
McConnell’s staff quickly pointed out that the GOP chief’s comments are similar to the comments he made after a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans and the White House Trump. But the pivot comes as McConnell tries to denounce his bench behind the legislation, although conservatives seem to be involved in a fight.
Whether the warning was meant to be a signal to rebellious Republicans who was either the proposed Senate bill, or working with the Democrats, there was no sign they had an immediate impact.
A few hours after near McConnell, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), A conservative opponent of the Senate bill he believes would leave ObamaCare too far, held a press conference to promote his proposal loosen the rules of the Health of associations.