After two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the Senate health care proposal – bringing the total to four – GOP leadership appears to have abandoned the legislation.
Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah added to the ranks of the opposition on Monday, joining Maine’s Susan Collins and Rand Paul of Kentucky. With no support from the Democratic Party, the forty-eight senators still supporting the legislation would not have been enough to bring the bill for a vote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate will now pursue separate paths of repealing and replacing ObamaCare, with one bill solely repealing the legislation and another to overhaul America’s health care system.
“In the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period,” McConnell said in a statement.