GOP Health Care Bill Pulled After Two More Republicans defect

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Mitch McConnell has pulled the plug on the highly anticipated GOP Health Care bill, which received grave praise from President Trump


Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has pulled the plug on the highly anticipated GOP Health Care bill, which received grave praise from President Donald Trump as an efficient replacement to Obamacare. After two Republicans voiced their opposition against the bill, the GOP was likely short of a majority for the bill to pass. McConnell acknowledged Monday night that he lacked the votes to pass the Senate health care bill.

Instead, McConnell says the Senate will vote on an Obamacare repeal that wouldn't go into effect until 2 years, if passed, to allow time to create a new system. Following the collapse of the bill Monday, Senator McConnell (R-Ky) said the Senate will try to separate Obamacare repeal and replacement.

"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 said in a statement. 

The two Republican Senators who opposed the bill were Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah. The pair has come under criticism from their own party for opposing what many Republicans spent months drafting to replace and repeal Obamacare. Since Republicans hold a 52-48 majority - and naturally all Democrats would vote against any Obamacare repeal - the two extra Republicans who now oppose the bill leave the GOP short of a majority.

Following the collapse of the bill Monday, Senator McConnell (R-Ky) said the Senate will try to separate Obamacare repeal and replacement.


In announcing their opposition to the Senate draft, Moran and Lee both said the bill failed to do enough to lower premiums.

"This closed-door process has yielded the [bill], which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one," Moran said in a statement.
Senator Moran voice his opposition primarily against the timing of the new bill, expressing his concerns for setting a time frame on such an important subject like Health Care and also saying the current version of the proposed bill doesn't do enough to lower premiums for citizens.

"We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy." Moran said. "Furthermore, if we leave the federal government in control of everyday healthcare decisions, it is more likely that our healthcare system will devolve into a single-payer system, which would require a massive federal spending increase. We must now start fresh with an open legislative process to develop innovative solutions that provide greater personal choice, protections for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower overall costs for Kansans."

The bill hit another setback when key vote Republican John McCain underwent surgery for a blood cot above his eye. After doctors advised McCain to stay home for at least two weeks, the vote was pushed back. Now, it's been pulled for good.

However, the new bill that will take it's place may make everyone happy. If so, Moran and Lee may be swayed to vote if the two year minimum time frame is established. President Trump tweeted late Monday night that the new, revised bill will not only gather the votes from Republicans, but also the Democrats.

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