Members of the U.S. Senate will vote today on a bill that would repeal Obamacare but not for two years. That would give lawmakers more time to work up a replacement plan for what they call a system that failed. The Senate voted on a version of the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare but it only received 43 votes and it needed 60 to pass. Senator Ben Sasse understands how frustrating this process is for Nebraskans and others are.
Senator Sasse says he is for repeal and is for replace. Since that cannot be done together he would like to see Obamacare repealed and then have the Democrats participate in the replacement plan. There is frustration among Americans as to why the Republicans can’t come together and get this done.
Senator Sasse says, “There are 51 of 52 of us who campaigned on repeal and previously voted for repeal but only when Obama was President. It was November or December of 2015 when we last voted on that and he vetoed it. It turns out now you have a president that would sign the repeal, there are whole bunch of people who don’t want to vote for repeal anymore because it would happen. It turns out they were show boating a year-and-a-half ago. Obviously, cynically, we can imagine a lot of people act that way but in particular when you know the people it is kind of mind blowing to me that people campaigned to repeal Obamacare and now when they can vote for the exact same repeal they voted for in the past they will not do it because it has real world consequences.”
Senator Sasse says people on the left say that Republicans didn’t like Obamacare because it had Obama’s name on it. He says he didn’t know any of those people in Nebraska but there are people in Washington D.C. who would like to repeal Obamacare and have a Republican plan that is the exact same thing. He says the problem is that doesn’t work.