This is wonderful news. But the fight isn’t over yet. Never underestimate the GOP in its quest to fuck over the sick to give more money to those who already have plenty:
Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran said Monday night they will join two other senators to oppose the Obamacare repeal bill, dooming the GOP initiative in the Senate.
Republican leaders could only afford to lose two senators on the procedural motion to start debate on the bill. Lee and Moran would join Sens. Susan Collins and Rand Paul in opposition to the version of the bill currently before the Senate.
But with four senators declared “no” votes – and several more undecided – Senate Republicans wouldn’t have enough votes to even start debate on repealing Obamacare, the campaign promise they have made to voters for seven years.
“In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations,” Lee said of the Senate legislation.
Moran criticized the closed-door process for developing the bill and criticized the legislation for not repealing the entire 2010 health law.
“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will now have to decide whether he can pull the Obamacare repeal bill back from the dead or give up on the effort.
It’s the latest in a long series of obstacles for the Obamacare repeal effort.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), another Obamacare repeal skeptic, on Monday accused McConnell had committed a “breach of trust.”