Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said Thursday that if his party fails to muster 50 votes for its plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act, it will have no choice but to draft a more modest bill with Democrats to support the law’s existing insurance markets.
The remarks, made at a Rotary Club lunch in Glasgow, Kentucky, represent a significant shift for the veteran legislator. While he had raised the idea last week that Republicans may have to turn to Democrats if they cannot pass their own bill, his words mark the first time he has explicitly raised the prospect of shoring up the ACA.
“If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur,” McConnell said. “No action is not an alternative. We’ve got the insurance markets imploding all over the country, including in this state.” …
Reprinted from The Hill by Jordain Carney on July 6, 2017.
Acknowledging that Senate Republicans may not be able to pass their ObamaCare repeal legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is warning that action will then have to be taken to stabilize insurance markets.
“If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to private health insurance markets must occur,” McConnell said at a Rotary Club meeting in Kentucky on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
Republicans are trying to move legislation through the Senate that would repeal and replace ObamaCare, but they face opposition from within their own party.
McConnell is using fast-track budget rules for the legislation that prevent a filibuster from Democrats.
If the legislation is put aside, Republicans would need to negotiate a deal with Democrats on stabilizing insurance markets. …