MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Senate Republicans keep facing the same problem as they try to overhaul the nation’s health care laws.
After the latest bid to repeal and replace Obamacare failed to get enough support, GOP leadership and President Trump called for a clean repeal, but that measure looks doomed too.
President Donald Trump expressed his disappointment with Republicans on their latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“For seven years I have been hearing repeal and replace from Congress and I have been hearing it loud and strong and then when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace they don’t take advantage of it,” said President Trump.
Opposition from moderate and conservative Republicans sunk the most recent version of a GOP health care overhaul.
Now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to call a vote on a clean repeal but he doesn’t seem to have enough support for that either.
“I think that would create great anxiety for individuals who rely on the ACA. I believe it would cause the insurance markets to go into turmoil,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME).
At least three GOP senators said they’d vote “no” on repeal only – others argue it would push them get something done.
“We have got to put pressure on this body to fix this mess,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI).
Senate Democrats are united in their opposition to the now failed GOP plan and to any “repeal only” legislation.
“There have to be good faith efforts to build on the affordable care act, not repeal it,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
House Republicans – who passed their own repeal and replace bill – are still hopeful the Senate will get something done.
“We’ve got a promise to keep and also we need to step ahead of the problem that this law is collapsing,” said House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
On Tuesday, President Trump said let Obamacare fail – and then Democrats would work with Republicans on what happens next.
The vote for a clean repeal could come as early as tomorrow and even though the numbers aren’t there to pass it, the Republican Senate leadership is looking to get lawmakers on the record.