Trump wants to fight, McConnell just wants to ‘move on’ …
(USA TODAY) President Donald Trump insists he has not given up on his goal of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health reform law, even though Republicans in Congress could not muster enough votes to deliver on that long-promised goal this year.
After Congress passed a massive tax bill in December that repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate, Trump declared the law was “essentially” repealed and lawmakers would work together to find a replacement.
However, the law is barely touched, though the requirement that nearly everyone have insurance or pay a penalty at tax time was repealed effective in 2019.
Overhauling Obamacare will only get more complicated in 2018, as Republicans will have just 51 seats in the Senate.
And the GOP’s previous efforts to nix Obamacare sparked intense anger among voters who wanted to keep the coverage – something lawmakers may not want to reignite when many of them will be on the ballot.
McConnell ready to throw in the towel on Obamacare
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., signaled little interest in taking another stab at the issue.
“Well, we obviously were unable to completely repeal and replace with a 52-48 Senate,” McConnell told NPR in a Dec. 21 interview.
“We’ll have to take a look at what that looks like with a 51-49 Senate. But I think we’ll probably move on to other issues.”
Other Republicans pushed back, saying the GOP should not give up on that long-touted campaign promise.
READ THE FULL STORY BY David Jackson and Deirdre Shesgreen AT USA TODAY.