— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 18, 2017
With Sen. Lisa Murkowski saying she will vote no on the healthcare plan, she becomes the third GOP senator to oppose the repeal only bill, which now places the final vote count under the 50 needed to ensure passage.
“I said in January we should no repeal without a replacement and just an indefinite hold on this just creates more chaos and confusion,” Murkowski said before darting into a Senate elevator.
On Monday when senators Mike Lee and Jerry Moran said they would vote no on the bill that would replace Obamacare, the repeal and replace plan officially failed. That same night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a new plan to just repeal the health care bill, and replace later.
His proposition had been to bring back a 2015 bill that would repeal Obamacare with a two year transition time before replacing it with some other yet-to-be-determined piece of legislation. President Trump has made it clear he is for the “repeal now, replace later” mentality, and tweeted Tuesday morning to “let Obamacare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan.”
Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Susan Collins were the first to announce their opposition to the repeal only bill, with Senator Rob Portman on the fence saying, “If it is a bill that simply repeals, I believe that will add to more uncertainty.”
“We can’t just hope that we will pass a replacement within the next two years. Repealing without a replacement would create great uncertainty for individuals who rely on the [Affordable Care Act] and cause further turmoil in the insurance markets,” Capito said in her statement.
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