Despite Health Care Debacle, McConnell Defends the GOP's Six-month Report Card

Posted: Jul 18, 2017 3:15 PM

Yes, the Senate has failed to pass a concrete plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that there is plenty to write home about looking back at their six months in Congress so far in 2017.

Reporters asked McConnell how he'll be able to justify to voters how he and his party failed to get health care reform done on Capitol Hill Tuesday. He responded by offering a glowing report card about the past six months.

"Well we have a new Supreme Court justice," he said, referring to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump nominated to replace the late Antonin Scalia. 

McConnell also mentioned that Republicans have successfully repealed 14 of President Obama’s harmful regulations.

Certainly, Neil Gorsuch's confirmation should be applauded, especially since he has proven to be a bold conservative on the bench, asking relevant questions and challenging unconstitutional actions. Moreover, every conservative loves a good rollback of job killing regulations. Yet, McConnell's speech will probably do little to appease the millions of angry conservatives who waited seven years for a Republican majority so they could dismantle Obamacare. This is the issue of the day.

McConnell's decision to revisit the 2015 bill that would repeal Obamacare over the next two years is already facing fresh opposition. At least three GOP senators, Shelley Moore Capito, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, have vowed to vote against the legislation.

To put it bluntly, Republicans have not lived up to their seven-year promise - and voters may not forget it by the time the next election comes around.

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