Why the Republican Party Is Backtracking on Obamacare and the GOP’s War on Health Care
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A top GOP leader is signaling the party’s opposition to President Donald Trump’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that Republicans will not vote to advance legislation that could lead to the repeal of the ACA, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
The Senate voted last week on a bill that would repeal major parts of the Affordable Health Care Act, and would allow states to opt out of parts of it, including the expansion of Medicaid.
Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, have argued the ACA is a failure and a threat to the country.
Democrats, meanwhile, have vowed to fight to keep the ACA intact and argue that Republicans are not taking a hard line on health care, but rather are just looking for votes.
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters in Washington, Tuesday, May 26, 2021, as he tours the Capitol for a meeting of the National Governors Association.
The Senate has voted to repeal the ACA.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)In a statement Wednesday, McConnell said Republicans have been trying to advance the measure and “will continue to do so.”
The White House, meanwhile the administration said the House’s plan does not offer a viable alternative to repeal, but instead has only a “skinny repeal” that would allow people to stay on current coverage if they could prove their ability to pay for it.
The White, House and Senate leaderships have also been trying for months to reach a deal with Republicans, which they are expected to reach in the coming days.
They have not yet announced a date, but sources said the next scheduled vote is in a week.
Democrats and the administration have warned that the repeal effort would cost millions of Americans their health insurance.
McConnell has signaled his opposition to the plan.
He said in a statement late Wednesday that the GOP should focus on supporting Americans who are working and struggling to afford insurance.
“It’s time for Republicans to come together, rather than play political games to advance this partisan agenda,” McConnell said.
A top GOP leader is signaling the party’s opposition to President Donald Trump’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable…