Two more Republican senators announced late Monday that they oppose the second version of their own party’s proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare, effectively dooming the legislation in its current form.
Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, announced their opposition to the revamped Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) plan in statements and on social media. Lee argued that the bill doesn’t get rid of Obamacare’s taxes and regulations.
“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,” said Lee, who also opposed the original measure.
Lee said on Twitter that he and Moran would vote against a motion to proceed to the bill, which opens debate and the amendment process.
Similarly, Moran said in a separate statement that he’s still in favor of repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law, but that the revised text is “bad policy” because doesn’t deliver a full repeal or address rising health care costs.
Late Monday evening, President Trump took to Twitter with his reaction, writing: “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!”
This development brings the total number of Senate Republicans opposing the motion to proceed to four, which means that they would block the bill from advancing. Sens., R-Kentucky, and , R-Maine, said last week that they would vote against the motion to proceed. In order to open debate on the bill and begin the amendment process, Senate Republicans need 51 votes to agree to a motion to proceed, with one being the Vice President’s tie-breaking vote. The Senate has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats, which means three GOP defections kills the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement Monday evening to say that a two-year delay in implementing an Obamacare repeal would provide a “stable transition period” to a new health care program.
McConnell is planning to put his own…