Republicans Will Take on Obamacare and Entitlements if They Win in Midterms, Mitch McConnell Says

Less than 24 hours after indicating that he would like to cut spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters that if Republicans win the Senate this November, they will once again take up their fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

In an interview Wednesday, McConnell said that the Republican failure to repeal the law in 2017 was a “disappointment.” If Republicans had the votes to “completely start over, we’d do it,” he said. “But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks.... We’re not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working.”

President Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to repeal Obamacare and has recently indicated at midterm rallies that he’d like it to happen as quickly as possible. The president has signed a number of executive orders designed to weaken and bring instability to the program, including abolishing the act’s individual mandate.

Congressional Republicans made two unsuccessful attempts to repeal and replace the plan last year but were unable to get a sufficient number of votes.

One proposed bill, which was written in secret and was completed just hours before a final vote was cast, would have removed between 16 million and 22 million people from their health care plans, leaving them uninsured.

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