The GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare suffered a fatal blow after Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) tweeted the folllowing:
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) July 18, 2017
This pretty much means the Senate bill is dead.
From The Hill:
GOP Sens. Jerry Moran (Kansas) and Mike Lee (Utah) announced on Monday night they will not support taking up a bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare, effectively blocking the legislation.
“This closed-door process has yielded the [bill], which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one,” Moran said in a statement.
Lee added on Twitter that he and Moran will not support proceeding to “this version” of the Senate GOP legislation, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
Illustrating the difficulty for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Lee argued the measure is not conservative enough, tugging in the opposite direction from moderates.
“In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations,” the Utah Republican said in a statement.
He warned that a controversial amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) included in the bill does not go far enough. That amendment allows insurers to sell plans without ObamaCare’s pre-existing condition protections if they also sell plans that have them.
Suffering from low approval (liberals hate it because it’s a GOP effort, and conservatives hate it because it’s not conservative enough), and with a 52-seat majority the tweet from Senator Lee was the last nail in the coffin as Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rand Paul (R-KY) are expected to vote no, virtually guaranteeing the bill will not pass in the Senate.