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McConnell Follows Trump: Calls For ObamaCare 'Repeal & Delay' Vote

With the tweeted support of President Trump - "Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now" - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for a vote to repeal Obamacare with a two-year delay.

After two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the Republican health care bill on Monday night, leaving the party leadership short of the required votes to move the legislation forward, President Trump expressed his view clearly...

Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

Despite having said before this was not his preferred path.And as ABC reports, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for a vote to repeal Obamacare with a two-year delay.

"Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful," McConnell said in a statement.

 

McConnell said that "in the coming days," the Senate would vote on "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 lack of support from within his own party left the majority leader with few options to make good on what has been a top Republican priority since the law was passed in 2010.

Conservatives, obviously, are in support of this move, as The Hill reports...

“Clean repeal now!” tweeted Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

 

“Time for full repeal of #Obamacare--let's put the same thing on President Trump's desk that we put on President Obama's desk,” added Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

In contrast, other Republicans called for working with Democrats on a new plan.

“The Congress must now return to regular order, hold hearings, receive input from members of both parties, and heed the recommendations of our nation's governors so that we can produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to quality and affordable health care,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement... from his hospital bed?

Some Republicans have raised the idea of a bipartisan bill to stabilize ObamaCare markets, which could include funding for key payments to insurers known as cost-sharing reductions, as well as possibly funding to bring down premiums for high-cost enrollees, known as “reinsurance.”

But conservative Republicans, including No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn (Texas), have objected to the idea of a stabilization bill as simply throwing more money at the health law.

Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) put forward a third approach on Monday night, touting a bill he recently proposed with Cassidy to give states a chunk of money and let them decide whether to keep much of ObamaCare or try something new.

That approach has been attacked from both the left and right.