The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has abandoned the Republican health care bill and is calling for full repeal of Obamacare. The bill has been considered dead following the decision of Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and others to vote “no.”
McConnell said, “It is now apparent” that the repeal and replace effort will not be successful. The new plan is to hold a vote on repealing Obamacare with two-year delay.
The core problem for Republicans was the decision of a number of moderate Republicans to demand a phaseout of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. It remains to be seen if these senators will vote for a simple repeal bill.