McConnell: Congress’ ‘First Step’ Is Repealing Obamacare

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The first step in stripping away Barack Obama’s legacy is getting rid of what he thinks is his “signature achievement.”

That’s why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised that by the end of this week, the Senate will take the first steps in scrapping Obamacare.

Speaking on CBS’s “Face The Nation” McConnell noted that “eight out of ten either want it replaced entirely or significantly changed.”

Obamacare is in a “full scale meltdown,” the Kentucky Republican said. Here’s the full interview:

McConnell wouldn’t say whether everyone who is currently covered by the Affordable Care Act would still have coverage under a Republican plan … pointing out that 25 million Americans still lack insurance under Barack Obama.

Republicans are planning to debate a budget resolution that would pave the way for a final vote later this year, avoiding a Democratic filibuster, The Washington Times is reporting.

Some Republicans in Congress remain skittish about a full repeal of Obamacare without a replacement. Sen. Rand Paul tweeted his desire to replace the Affordable Care Act on the same day it’s repealed.

“I just spoke to @realDonaldTrump and he fully supports my plan to replace Obamacare the same day we repeal it. The time to act is now,” Paul said Friday on Twitter.

Still, Congressional GOP leaders are speeding toward repeal before they draft an alternative, arguing that Americans in the individual insurance market require relief from rising premiums and dwindling choices under Obamacare.

“We will be replacing it rapidly,” Mr. McConnell said.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said “it would be ideal” if they could could scrap and replace the law in one fell swoop, but they are still working out the details.

“The full replacement may take more time than an instantaneous action,” Mr. Priebus told CBS. “Our intent is to make it happen as quickly as possible.”

Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey Democrat, said Republicans are shoving millions of Americans who rely on Obamacare off a cliff without a clear safety net.

Senate Republicans, who hold only 52 seats, will need several Democrats to support their plan to overcome a filibuster.

If the GOP has a firm plan to cover Americans, then “show me what that is,” Mr. Booker told CBS.

H/T: The Daily Caller



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