Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Reuters Wednesday that Senate Republicans may make another attempt to overhaul Obamacare depending on the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections.
“If we had the votes to completely start over, we’d do it,” McConnell said. “But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks... We’re not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working.”
McConnell also told The Weekly Standard Wednesday that healthcare reform was “one place we came up short, and I’d like to finish the job.”
Top Senate and House Democrats promptly jumped on McConnell’s comments, arguing that people’s healthcare is at stake in the midterm elections.
It's official: Republicans will try to repeal the Affordable Care Act (again) if they win enough seats in November. We can't sit this election out. Health care is on the line. https://t.co/mpYU0zJsg6— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 17, 2018
Why is it so important that we #FlipTheHouse? Because Senator McConnell and the GOP will never rest until they strip away your right to health care.— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) October 17, 2018
When we win, we can stop them.https://t.co/2IsGCrxaAX
When Mitch McConnell says "completely start over" here, what he means is take us back to when you could be discriminated against if you have a pre-existing condition. And that tens of millions would lose their insurance.— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) October 17, 2018
We have to prevent the country from going back to that. https://t.co/hCgtfLJ6QT
The Republicans’ attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in the Senate in 2017 when the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) cast a deciding vote against the measure.