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'Repeal & Replace' Flatlines

by Countable | 7.18.17

GOP May Try Hail Mary Pass to Repeal Alone.

What’s the story?

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) chose to withdraw the Senate healthcare bill from consideration late Monday following official announcements from Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) that they would not support the legislation. Questions remain whether McConnell will pursue a repeal without replace vote instead.

Why does it matter?

Republicans have campaigned on killing Obamacare for seven years. Many sitting members also voted for straight repeal in 2015 when veto was assured. McConnell seems ready to force their hand. Will they vote for repeal now, when the president is a Republican and sure to support the legislation?

The problem is the CBO has already scored a straight repeal. It wouldn’t qualify for the budget reconciliation process so it would have to get 60 votes to pass, not just a simple majority. That would be impossible.

What is the point for McConnell in pushing the repeal vote, then? Leaders in Congress like McConnell survive because they maintain a longer view.

Right now the majority of Americans want Congress to actually pass legislation, a task that the GOP has struggled with for months despite holding the majority in both Houses and the White House. Pushing the repeal vote potentially gets healthcare, which is currently dead in the water, off the docket so Congress can move on to other things. McConnell can say he tried everything.

It also plays to the GOP base, potentially protecting seats in the mid-terms. Those Republican senators who insisted on repeal may protect their seats while those moderates in swing states might as well by voting against it.

What can you do?

Do you think a straight repeal vote is a good idea? Should Congress work to shore up Obamacare? Should Congress move on to other issues?

Use the Take Action button to tell your reps what you think!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • Anja
    07/18/2017
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    ACA should be improved, not replaced. We're a huge country and ACA was a huge change for us. Growing pains are normal. Continuing to improve what we have instead of starting over is the most efficient route to where we need to be.

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  • Abby
    07/18/2017
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    Please DO NOT repeal Obamacare. Work with Congress to make it better. You've obviously discovered how difficult healthcare is to rework. Please do not kill my family members!

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  • Nathan
    07/18/2017
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    It is clear that repeal and replace won't work, and there is no popular support for a straight repeal. Please swallow your humility and work across the aisle to fix the ACA with bi-partisan support.

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  • Mary
    07/18/2017
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    Please vote against repeal of the ACA. If the GOP cannot find a replacement then leave the bill in place and work on repairing it. More than 60% of Americans want healthcare that works. The republicans have had seven years to rewrite this and they failed. Their plan would have thrown millions off healthcare and depleted medicaid funds for the most needy in our country. This is what happens when the voice of the majority of Americans is not heard by legislators. A thought for future legislation: end Citizens United. Our government has been purchased by dark money from the religious right and the billionaires and millionaires who can afford to force deregulation of our government to suit their comforts. That flies in the face of our Constitution and everything The USA stands for.

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  • Elizabeth
    07/18/2017
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    Work together across the aisle to improve ACA. 13 white guys in a room deciding healthcare is not a good solution for America.

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  • Darrell
    07/18/2017
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    Now that they have wasted seven years trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, maybe they can work in a bipartisan fashion to fix it and make it better. It is far from perfect but it has helped millions get healthcare insurance.

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  • Jon
    07/18/2017
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    Our representatives and all Republicans & Democrats need to wake the hell up! In case you are comatose, dead in your legislative seat, our country is under siege.....Mitch, "the walking dead McConnell" is proposing the repeal of our healthcare with no clue about replacing ...can you really remain idle? I think it is time to stop the nonsense and impeach the incompetent, lying, and Russian collaborating President so that our system is not permanently damaged. Sincerely, "a troubled American". Dr. Jon Cosse

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  • Pat
    07/18/2017
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    May the voters of Pennsylvania remember who opposed this plan...Bob Casey... and who supported this plan...Pat Toomey...when it is time for re-election. Toomey is not for his constituents.

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  • Joan
    07/18/2017
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    It's unconscionable that McConnell plans to repeal ACA instead of fix it or replace it with something that doesn't harm 24-million Americans (while incidentally shifting the amount saved to tax benefits for the wealthy. Now it seems he'd rather hold people's insurance hostage than respond as a mature adult would. Not even real turtles would do this, and they are cold blooded.

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  • John
    07/18/2017
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    There is only one reason why the Republicans want to get rid of the "ACA" and that is due to whose name is associated with it. It is time to swallow your racism and work across the aisle as the Democrats have been saying from the beginning. Quit all these back room deals and start working toward what is correct for your constituents. You Republicans have already shown your true colors and with any sanity among all the American citizens hopefully you have seen the last of the senate and house chambers.

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  • Dwayne
    07/18/2017
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    I can't tell you how disappointing your sitting on the fence with your vote. This whole fiasco was a waste of taxpayers money. The appearance of waiting until the vote to make your choice says to some of your supporters that you would put money over country and what's right for tens of millions whose existence financially and limb depends on their affordable care. 80% of the population have pre existing conditions, probably yourself included. Credibility as a caring representative, which according to some of your supporters say you are means being a leader, not a follower. That's what we want and expect. Also voting to exclude yourselves from that which you wanted to pass for the rest of the country is saying it's not good enough for you but it is good enough for us. Sends completely the wrong message of what's really wrong with this country.

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  • Susan
    07/18/2017
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    So now McConnell is aiming to just Repeal Only with two year transition to replace? This would crush Medicaid and very foolish! Why can't McConnell lead all of the Senate (Democrats & Republicans) to fix the ACA? We need leadership that is non-partisan! 2018 cannot come fast enough.

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  • Chimmy
    07/18/2017
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    Medicare For All please! Costs less than any proposed option.

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  • JimElder3
    07/18/2017
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    With three failed attempts to pass a healthcare bill in the Senate, GOP senators healthcare prospects or less successful than president trumps marriage history. Perhaps it's time to scrap this politically driven white wash and actually do something real to fix the affordable care act which is been under assault since day one. Perhaps it's time to engage in bipartisan, adult behavior and sit down together and negotiate fixes for the actual problems of the bill instead of the political problems that are being manufactured to drive the base voters.

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  • Marisa
    07/18/2017
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    Improve the ACA! Don't replace it and don't defund Planned Parenthood!

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  • Emily
    07/18/2017
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    Please work together to improve the ACA! Every American deserves access to quality healthcare.

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  • Bryan
    07/18/2017
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    We need single payer now

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  • Northman
    07/18/2017
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    Repeal and replace is ridiculous. Just fix the problems that are there.

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  • Raymond
    07/18/2017
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    Listen to Bernie!!! Universe Health for our country!!

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  • Sally
    07/18/2017
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    Revise and Improve. Make health care affordable for everyone.

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