Health Care Bill on Life Support After Two More GOP Defections

WASHINGTON — Two more Republican senators came out against the latest version of the GOP’s health care bill Monday night, leaving party leaders short of a majority to pass it.

Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, announced on Twitter that they both would oppose the current bill, which was released just last week.

Moran and Lee follow two other GOP senators who have already said they wouldn’t support the bill, Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Susan Collins, R-Maine. With no Democrats expected to vote for the GOP effort, Republicans need at least 50 of the 52 votes they have in the Senate to pass any bill.

“After conferring with trusted experts regarding the latest version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment, I have decided I cannot support the current version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act,” Lee said in a statement. “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.”

Moran issued this statement: “We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy. Furthermore, if we leave the federal government in control of everyday healthcare decisions, it is more likely that our healthcare system will devolve into a single-payer system, which would require a massive federal spending increase. We must now start fresh with an open legislative process to develop innovative solutions that provide greater personal choice, protections for pre-existing…

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