Last night (July 17), Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) announced that they do not support the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), also known as Trumpcare.
Lee feels the legislation—which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says will rob $22 million people of their health insurance—does not go far enough. “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,” Lee said in a statement.
My full statement opposing this version of BCRA: pic.twitter.com/CUq4Kibe0I— Jerry Moran (@JerryMoran) July 18, 2017
Their defection made it impossible for Senate Republicans to move forward with their ACA replacement. As The Associated Press reports, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement about the failure, saying, “Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.”
President Donald Trump hopped on Twitter and suggested that Republican legislators instead repeal the ACA with no replacement.
Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017
And McConnell promptly agreed to do exactly that:
#NeverRepeal quickly started trending, as people voiced their opposition to the move, and organizations and media outlets took to Twitter to explain what would happen if the ACA is in fact repealed—and remind the world that the fight for better health care is not over.
CNN (@CNN) July 18, 2017
Replace & Repeal DOA. Now McConnell wants 2 pass Repeal only. Results would b disastrous. Call ur Sen scripts belowhttps://t.co/a4hs7rVoGa— IndivisibleSoCo (@IndivisibleSoCo) July 18, 2017