Senate GOP health care bill collapses; McConnell to seek a vote on full repeal

Mitch McConnell issued a statement not long after the last two GOP senators announced their defections Monday evening calling for a two year delay for a substitute.

His full statement reads, “Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.”

He continued saying, “So, 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 to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”

The dramatic simultaneous announcement from Sens. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah means McConnell officially does not have the votes to even begin debate on his legislation to overhaul Obamacare.

The president tweeted not long after the two senators announced their defections, “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!”

In announcing their opposition to the bill, Moran and Lee said they would vote “no” on the motion to proceed — a vote that McConnell had hoped to hold this week but was already forced to postpone due to Arizona Sen. John McCain’s absence from Washington this week.

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah both issued statements Monday evening announcing their disapproval of the bill.

Moran said, “For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one.”

He went on to say that it was his goal to entirely repeal and replace…

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