Senate Republicans are chomping at the bit to repeal ObamaCare, now that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s (R) likely successor to the late Sen. John McCain would support GOP legislation to repeal the law. (The Hill)
Republican lawmakers say they won’t have time to hold another vote to repeal the law in 2018 but vow to try again next year if they manage to keep their Senate and House majorities.
“If we re-engage in that discussion in some point in the future, it would be nice to have members who enable us to pass it,” Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.) said when asked about the possibility of ObamaCare repeal legislation coming up for a future vote.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he hopes the next senator from Arizona will be a “strong ally” who “recognizes that ObamaCare is not a proper solution.”
“It hasn’t worked. It’s created a lot of harm and damage to real people,” he added.
A senior Republican staffer said the chamber would undoubtedly vote again to repeal and replace ObamaCare but warned it all depended on “if we keep the House.”
“McCain was personally conservative but ideologically inconsistent,” the aide continued. “I think Ducey is going to pick someone more like himself. He’s a more reliable conservative.”
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