Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) said Monday that he and Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) will be voting against the Senate Republicans' Obamacare repeal and replace bill. Senator Lee will be joining Glenn Beck on his radio show Tuesday morning to explain his opposition.
He made the announcement from his official Twitter account.
My colleague @JerryMoran and I will not support the MTP to this version of BCRA #HealthcareBill— Mike Lee (@Mike Lee)1500337823.0
The Senate version of the bill, called the "Better Care Reconciliation Act," will not pass a critical procedural vote without these two crucial votes, since Republican senators Rand Paul (Ky.) and Susan Collins (Maine) have already announced their intention to oppose the bill. This means that the bill in its current form is likely dead.
“After conferring with trusted experts regarding the latest version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment," Lee said in a statement, "I have decided I cannot support the current version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act."
“In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations.”
Sen. Moran also posted his opposition to the bill to his Twitter account.
My colleague @SenMikeLee and I will not support the MTP to this version of BCRA. #HealthcareBill— Senator Jerry Moran (@Senator Jerry Moran)1500337828.0
For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one. #HealthcareBill— Senator Jerry Moran (@Senator Jerry Moran)1500337973.0
"We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy," Moran said in a statement. "Furthermore, if we leave the federal government in control of everyday healthcare decisions, it is more likely that our healthcare system will devolve into a single-payer system, which would require a massive federal spending increase."
The Republicans were able to narrowly pass a version of Obamacare repeal and replace in the House of Representatives, but the Senate GOP decided to start from scratch and draft their own bill.