Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he is preparing to bring before the full Senate a comprehensive repeal of the Affordable Care Act — but Republican support for his plan quickly began to erode.
Three Republicans senators — all women who were left out of the core group who met to write the first draft of the Senate’s health care bill — have already come out against the move.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was the fateful third, effectively killing the effort to repeal Obamacare without an alternative.
“I said in January we should not repeal without a replacement and just an indefinite hold on this just creates more chaos and confusion,” Murkowski told reporters.
The Affordable Care Act remains very much unpopular with the conservative base of the Republican Party. The result has been pressure building against Sen. Mitch McConnell, R.-Ky., — to repeal Obamacare. A recent report by David Sherfinski in the Washington Times (online, Dec. 8) also says, “more immediately, conservatives are also channeling their energy to try to get Republicans on Capitol Hill to use the power of the purse to block President Obama’s recently-announced executive actions on immigration.”
For his part, McConnell has indicated his goal of casting his vote to repeal the ACA – but he is waiting for the new Republican majority to be seated on Capitol Hill – in January, 2015. Yet McConnell does advise, “people should be realistic about what to expect in the way of repeal with President Obama still in the White House,” adding, “We certainly will have a vote on proceeding to a bill to repeal Obamacare. . . . It was a very large issue in the campaign,” this according to the Washington Times citing Roll Call. McConnell concluded, “We’re certainly gonna keep our commitment to the American people to make every effort we can to repeal it.
The Washington Times report says 79 senators, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren do not approve of the Medical Device Tax, and that McConnell has vowed to not repeat what occurred last fall, when conservative initiatives to gut Obamacare funds contributed in part to a partial federal government shutdown.
According to TheHill.com report Tuesday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is suggesting that Kentucky’s health insurance exchange could withstand a scrapping of Obamacare, the law that created the marketplace to begin with.
McConnell’s challenger in the current U.S. Senate election, Alison Lundergan Grimes, has accepted Kynect, Kentucky’s healthcare marketplace, but refuses to elaborate whether she would have voted for Obamacare in 2010.
The Hill report also says Grimes’ said in a recent statement: “Kentuckians shouldn’t have been forced to lose the plans they had and liked, shouldn’t have seen their premiums skyrocket, shouldn’t have had their Medicare cut, and shouldn’t have had their taxes raised because of President Obama and his friends in Washington forced it down their throats.”
Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Senate candidate in Kentucky who is trying to defeat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, twice refused on Wednesday to say whether she would have voted for Obamacare.
Asked two times whether she’d have voted for the 2010 overhaul, Grimes said: “I, when we are in the United States Senate, will work to fix the Affordable Care Act.”
There is trouble ahead for President Obama’s nominee to replace departed HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed Sylvia Mathews Burwell is “probably going to be confirmed and probably going to have the worst experience of her adult life.”
McConnell added, “I think she’s a pretty capable person”. . . “The issue here to me is not the personnel. It’s the bill.”