Looks like there might be some bad news for President Trump and his goal to help bring the disaster known as Obamacare to an end.
A bill that would repeal and replace much of the Affordable Care Act recently passed the House, but the GOP members in the Senate aren’t sure when they’ll take a vote on it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is quoted as saying he isn’t sure they’ll even have the votes to pass it when it does come up, news that’s sure to anger Trump and Americans who desperately want to see Obamacare go the way of the dinosaur.
The Hill is reporting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he doesn’t know how Senate Republicans are going to get enough votes to pass an ObamaCare replacement bill.
“I don’t know how we get to 50 [votes] at the moment. But that’s the goal,” McConnell told Reuters in an interview Wednesday.
Senate Republicans have been meeting multiple times a week for most of this month to try to find a path forward on healthcare after the House passed the American Health Care Act three weeks ago.
But McConnell opened the interview by saying “There’s not a whole lot of news to be made on healthcare.”
The majority leader expressed more optimism about tax reform, calling chances for passage “pretty good” and saying it is “not in my view quite as challenging as healthcare.”
Senate Republicans say they are going to vote on an ObamaCare replacement bill at some point, but it might not pass.
It’s pretty much a given that no Democrats are going to vote to repeal Obamacare as that would be the equivalent of blasphemy, so that means, with the Republicans having a 52 vote majority, they can only lose two votes if they want to pass the legislation.
The main obstacle to this happening is that Republicans in the Senate are still deeply divided on a number of issues surrounding the new bill, including a rift over how much should be cut from Medicaid, a program that was expanded exponentially through Obamacare.
Bottom line is, this garbage needs to be tossed out and replaced with something that opens the door for truly free market solutions to help drive down the costs of health care. Truly, they should start from scratch.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]