McConnell says Senate Republicans might revisit Obamacare repeal

Henrietta Strickland
October 19, 2018

Republicans could try again to repeal Obamacare if they win enough seats in USA elections next month, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday, calling a failed 2017 push to repeal the healthcare law a "disappointment". It's a bipartisan problem: "unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future".

Democratic leaders seized on McConnell's comments as evidence that Republicans were pursuing an agenda aimed at shrinking the government by starving it of revenue via tax cuts for the rich and then slashing safety-net programs for low- and middle-income Americans.

In a forecast of 2019 policy goals tempered by uncertainty about who will win the congressional elections, McConnell also blamed costly social programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, for the fast-rising national debt.

The Republicans' attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in the Senate in 2017 when the late Sen.

"If Republicans retain the Senate they will do everything they can to take away families' health care and raise their costs", Schumer said in a statement.

The deficit now sits at $779 billion, which is bad news for the country's $21.5 trillion debt.

The United States budget deficit just hit its highest peak in six years under the Trump administration, and according to Bloomberg analysis, it's due to tax cuts and increased spending. So yes, Republicans would have to "start over" with a fresh set of budget-reconciliation instructions making it possible to repeal Obamacare without the legislation falling prey to a Democratic filibuster. "Shutting down the government is something that's widely disliked by virtually every American and I don't think we're going to do it".

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