Well, the GOP’s wildly unpopular health care bill has died on the vine. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) withdrew their support, effectively tanking its passage.
“There are serious problems with Obamacare, and my goal remains what it has been for a long time: to repeal and replace it,” Moran said in a statement. “This closed-door process has yielded the [Better Care Reconciliation Act], which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one.”
“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” he added.
As we predicted here at the Z Review, the GOP will now punt on the bill and put the onus on Democrats to come to them to fix it. The Dems, of course, will never repeal Obamacare, handing the Republicans the narrative that they’re obstructionists.
For now, it’s another major defeat for Trump as he struggles to navigate a presidency hounded by scandal. It’s also major egg on the face of the Republican Party who for seven years have promised to repeal and replace the ‘disaster’ of Obamacare.
The truth is, Republicans never had any intention of repealing Obama’s signature legislation. They’re too afraid of losing their jobs over it in 2018. Jeebus mamaloocha, what a bunch of craven, miserable muldoons.
Mike Lee issued his own statement:“after conferring with trusted experts regarding the latest version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment,” he decided he could not support the legislation.
“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,” he said
My full statement opposing this version of BCRA: pic.twitter.com/CUq4Kibe0I
— Jerry Moran (@JerryMoran) July 18, 2017
Between Donald Trump’s Russia problem and the Republican’s complete incompetence, their chances ain’t looking too great in 2018 – that’s for sure.