U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran came out against the latest version of the GOP’s healthcare plan late Monday, effectively killing its chances of passing the Senate.
Moran, who years ago was the first member of Congress to formally seek repeal of Obamacare, announced his opposition along with Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. The two defections are enough to prevent supporters from mustering the 50 votes needed.
“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” Moran said in a statement. “… We must now start fresh with an open legislative process to develop innovative solutions that provide greater personal choice, protections for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower overall costs for Kansans.”
Moran’s “no” vote put the bill in further trouble. At least 10 senators publicly opposed the bill according to a CNN count last week.
And other Republican senators had also expressed opposition to the measure. The Republican leadership could afford to lose only two GOP votes because all Democrats were expected to oppose it.
After opposing an earlier version of the bill, Moran had taken a cautious approach to the revised legislation. Shortly after the July 4th legislative…