Already, plan to repeal ACA without replacement draws GOP opponents

Some Senate Republicans are already speaking out against a plan to dismantle the ACA without implementing replacement legislation, proposed Monday night, reports Politico.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., proposed the strategy after two Republican senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas, defected from the GOP healthcare bill, effectively killing the Senate repeal and replace legislation. Mr. McConnell's proposed strategy includes repealing the current health law and initiating a two-year delay to allow time for the development of a potential replacement plan, according to the report. He said in a recent statement the Senate would vote to take up the House GOP's American Health Care Act with an amendment the Senate supported in 2015 to repeal major portions of the ACA.

But three Senate Republicans — Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — already indicated they won't support a procedural motion to take up a repeal-only bill, reports Politico. Their votes are necessary for the procedural motion to pass.

Still, Mr. McConnell said Tuesday via another statement that he expects a vote will take place "in the coming days."




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