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McConnell Concedes GOP Will Not Have Power to Repeal Obamacare

The Republican Party is riding high after last night’s big Senate victory. But there is one goal they probably still cannot achieve as long as President Barack Obama is in the White House: repealing the Affordable Care Act. The soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) more or less admitted as much during his press briefing Wednesday afternoon.

Responding to a question about his Kentucky colleague Rand Paul’s promise to send an Obamacare repeal bill to the president’s desk as many times as it takes to kill the law, McConnell voiced a slightly less cavalier tone, given the fact the Obama will not hesitate to veto it again and again. “If I had the ability, obviously I would get rid of it,” McConnell said, calling Obamacare a “huge legislative mistake.”

“Obviously, it’s also true, he’s still there,” he said of Obama. The senator cited the medical device tax and the individual mandate as aspects of the law that are “deeply unpopular,” at least among conservatives. “I think we will be addressing that issue in a variety of different ways,” McConnell concluded, without getting into specifics.

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