GOP pessimism rising on ObamaCare repeal – Jordain Carney – 07/08/17 06:05 AM EDT


Senate Republicans are returning to Washington increasingly pessimistic about their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

They’ve had to put off plans for a vote next week, and they’ve seen loyal members either double down on their opposition to the bill, or at least question whether they will back it.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas)—a “no” vote that took many in Washington by surprise—distanced himself the closed-door process used to draft the Senate bill.

“It takes two parties who want to come together. Not just Republicans. Not just Democrats,” he said during a polite, but pointed, meeting with constituents in rural Kansas.

Asked if he could support the bill, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told constituents that “I don’t know if we’re even going to get a bill up,” according to the Des Moines Register.

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), who normally aligns with leadership, also came out as “no” over the recess break.

Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to suggest that Republicans might need to move to plan B involving stabilizing insurance markets if they can’t pass their bill.

“If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to private health insurance markets must occur,” he said at a Rotary Club meeting in Kentucky.

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