Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support From GOP Senators

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the Senate will vote next week on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement — even though the bill currently lacks enough Republican support to pass. McConnell’s announcement came after President Trump invited all 52 Republican senators to the White House for lunchtime talks aimed at reviving stalled efforts on healthcare.

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AMY GOODMAN: Before we go — and in the next segment, we’re going to be talking about Jared Kushner’s wife, President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her own businesses, not in this country, but in Indonesia, where Ivanka brand clothes are manufactured — I wanted to ask you, Ryan Grim, about what’s happening with the healthcare debate on Capitol Hill. You cover all developments in Congress closely. This week, of course, the massive news, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote next week on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, even though the bill currently lacks enough Republican support to pass.

RYAN GRIM: Right.

AMY GOODMAN: McConnell’s announcement came after President Trump invited all 52 Republican senators to the White House for lunch, aimed at reviving stalled efforts on healthcare. This is what he said.

MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL: There is a large majority in our conference that want to demonstrate to the American people that they intend to keep the commitment they made in four straight elections to repeal Obamacare. I think we all agree it’s better to both repeal and replace, but we could have a vote on either.

AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about the latest developments? It seemed like it was over at this point, and then, after the lunch, when President Trump said, “We’re going to revive this. You’re going to sign it. I’m waiting — I’m going to sign it. I’m waiting here with pen in hand,” what’s happening right now?

RYAN GRIM: Right.

AMY GOODMAN: Do you believe this bill is…

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