Chief Strategy Officer
The Senate will not pass their health bill. Four Republican Senators, including Jerry Moran of Kansas, have stated they will not support it. Without at least two of them, it cannot pass.
The obstacle in passing a bill to alter or replace Obamacare for Republican Senators has proven to be that too great; a gap exists between conservative and moderate members gain consensus. Deep divides exist over support for Medicaid, how to stabilize the individual insurance market and the effects of allowing states to opt in or out of portions of the ACA.
What’s next? Immediately there will be a great deal of posturing regarding who’s to blame, what this means for the viability of Obamacare, and likely, a Republican push toward a straight repeal with “replace” to be determined later.
Such an approach could prove risky. Repeal might be the feel good, rebound reflex for Republicans at the moment, but it’s hard to imagine their moderate members willing to embrace that much uncertainty.
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