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Strike Three? Senate takes another swing at ACA

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July 15. 2017 9:31PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to his office from the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying, for the third time, to get his colleagues to take up health care reform.

The Senate lacked the will to debate the House-passed bill to replace Obamacare. Senators didn't want to consider McConnell's first alternative. Now, several Republicans are balking at an open floor debate over McConnell's second draft.

Democrats, of course, have no interest in changing the disastrous health care law. Their proposals to "stabilize" the Obamacare exchanges are little more than increased subsidies to health insurance companies.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, has shown little interest in legislating, preferring to bolster his own reputation for purity. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, doesn't want to proceed to the bill because it would actually address rampant Medicaid spending.

After promising for years to repeal Obamacare, Senate Republicans can't even agree to debate the bill. Maybe it's worthwhile. Maybe it's not good enough. There is no excuse to shut down debate over the bill before it can even begin.


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