Politico is reporting growing resistance within the GOP to repealing Obamacare without a replacement. They are also reporting that as that resistance grows, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins may be the votes that decide the success and ultimate shape of that effort.
Politico — “A growing number of Senate Republicans are resisting the idea of repealing Obamacare without a concrete replacement proposal, complicating GOP plans to move swiftly to undo the health care law.”
“The GOP can only lose two votes in the narrowly-divided Senate once Mike Pence becomes vice president and can break a tie. The package is expected to include a related provision to defund Planned Parenthood, which makes it more difficult for a pair of moderate Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to support it.”
“The GOP’s long-planned goal of cutting federal funding for Planned Parenthood is another wildcard. Murkowski has at times been a supporter of the family planning organization, though she did support the GOP’s 2015 effort to defund it along with repealing Obamacare.”
“Collins, however, did not side with her party’s effort then. The Maine senator said she was “not happy” that Ryan wants to again try and defund Planned Parenthood as part of the Obamacare repeal effort. But she wouldn’t commit to voting against such a package.”
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