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Mitch McConnell’s Plan B on health care appears dead

The statement comes less than a day after he and Senator Mike Lee of Utah came out against the Senate’s previous health care replacement measure – and effectively ending that bill’s chances.”Republicans should just REPEAL failing Obamacare now and work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate”, he tweeted. Repealing Obamacare was considered critical to amassing savings for passing a tax cut later this year, and many members of Congress are anxious about giving up the effort after expending so much of Trump’s early political capital. Instead, McConnell said, they would vote “sometime in the near future” on a so-called straight repeal bill, akin to the bill Republicans in Congress passed in 2015 that was vetoed by then President Obama.In fact, Portman already reviewed the CBO score back in 2015, when he voted in favor of an Obamacare repeal-only bill.Among the American public, the plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replacing it in the future is deeply unpopular – a January survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that only 20 percent of Americans approved of the idea.Trump said he did not blame any of the Republican defectors from the bill, but was surprised that Sens.On the Senate floor on Tuesday, Mr McConnell conceded that the legislation repealing the 2010 law and replacing it with GOP-preferred programmes “will not be successful”, essentially waving a white flag.Trump blamed Democrats and “a few Republicans” of the death of the plan to rewrite the A.C.A.in a series of tweets Monday night.On Tuesday morning Trump suggested in a second pair of tweets that the Senate has become wracked with inertia because most legislation requires a 60-vote supermajority to move forward. In this case, think of it, so many good things we didn’t get one vote and their plan has failed.It’s now clear that, at least for the immediate future, Trumpcare is not passing the Senate, and neither is Mitch McConnell’s plan to repeal Obamacare without a plan ready to replace it.Trump was unimpressed with the evening’s turn of events, questioning why the GOP didn’t opt to repeal Obamacare and then come up with a replacement. “President Trump – President Trump will sign it now”, he added.”My suspicion is, after you get through the amending process, the House bill won’t look like the House bill anymore”, Grassley says, “it’ll look closer to what was hoping to be brought up in the United States Senate”.