Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) have blocked the GOP health care bill in the Senate, which had been close to scraping across the finish line on Monday. Because Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) had already said they wouldn’t support the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Republicans didn’t have enough votes.
In a statement Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the next move will be for the Senate to vote on the GOP House bill and aim for a full repeal.
The statement read, “the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”
Sen. Lee joined Tuesday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” to explain why he couldn’t support the Senate health care bill.
An important provision that would have given people flexibility to move outside of Obamacare-compliant health care plans was watered down in the bill, Lee explained. Extra measures were added to the bill as well, including $45 billion to be spent fighting the opioid epidemic – with no real explanation as to how the billions of dollars in taxpayer funding would be used.
“This thing just keeps moving to the left, and I’m not going to support it in its current form,” Lee said. While the Senate health care bill would help the insurance industry, it leaves out “the forgotten man, the forgotten woman, the middle-class American who’s struggling to get by,” he asserted.
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