Does McConnell have enough votes to repeal Obamacare without a replacement bill?


July 25, 2017

Last week, the CBO scored an Obamacare repeal only bill, and determined that this option faired worse than all other potential reform plans proposed by Republicans in both the House and Senate and would result in 32 million more Americans, or roughly 10% of the country, being uninsured than if Obamacare remained in place.

Despite those stats, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell told his colleagues that they would be voting on an Obamacare repeal only bill today – on Tuesday, July 25th.

The Senate takes the floor at noon so hypothetically the vote will take place soon thereafter. A majority vote to repeal Obamacare doesn’t actually mean that Obamacare is gone, but rather that Senate can proceed to discuss and debate the issue.

Also, keep in mind that the plan was never to repeal Obamacare and put things back to pre-Obamacare state, but rather to delay the actual repeal of the rules and regulations of Obamacare over a long-term timeline of a year or more, which would give the Republican-led Senate the time to draft a replacement plan that actually resulted in more insured people, lower costs and equal protections.