LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — It’s a stunning defeat for the party that controls the White House and Congress.
After promising to gut Obamacare for seven years Republicans announced late Monday they are cancelling plans to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act this summer.
At about 8 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is pulling the current repeal and replace bill and admitted he doesn’t have the votes to pass it.
Instead, McConnell says he’ll push for Republicans to just “repeal” Obamacare now and then start work on plans to replace it.
McConnell says during this time people would keep their insurance plans just the way they are for up to two years while the GOP works on a replacement plan.
The move came just hours after two more Senate Republicans said they would not support the current bill.
Utah’s Mike Lee and Jerry Moran, of Kansas, both said they would vote no.
That’s when McConnell threw in the towel after pushing Congress to pass something for months.
President Trump now supports this plan. Late Monday he tweeted:
McConnell is not yet saying when the vote to repeal Obamacare will happen.