McConnell hints GOP will try ObamaCare repeal again next year
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Wednesday that Republicans would take another stab at repealing the Affordable Care Act after the midterms, saying in an interview that “we’re not satisfied with the way ObamaCare is working.”
McConnell, who in the past two years has overseen the appointment of a record-setting number of federal judges and justices, and the passage of a broad tax reform bill, acknowledged that Republicans’ failed effort to repeal ObamaCare in 2017 remained a major “disappointment” of his tenure.
“If we had the votes to completely start over, we’d do it,” McConnell, R-Ky., told Reuters. “But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks.”
Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and recent Fox News polling shows the GOP gaining momentum in several key races as it looks to expand its majority there. However, House races are tougher ground for Republicans this year, and any effort to repeal ObamaCare would again need the support of a majority in that chamber, too.
ObamaCare has emerged as a major issue in several swing-state races. In Missouri, for example, Fox News polling shows that incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Josh Hawley are neck-and-neck — and health care could ultimately decide the winner.
“Josh Hawley decided to use your taxpayer dollars to file a lawsuit that would take away important prescription drug coverage for seniors through Medicare and end all of the consumer protections under the ACA — including protections for Missourians with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, cancer or diabetes,” McCaskill wrote in an op-ed earlier this year, referring to a lawsuit Hawley signed onto that would legally invalidate ObamaCare.