Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Reuters / Aaron P. Bernstein
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Reuters / Aaron P Bernstein

Following the defection of two Republican Senators from a bill to replace the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, GOP leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will go ahead quickly with a repeal only vote:

“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” said McConnell. “So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay.”

Despite the fact that Republicans lawmakers promised repeal of Obamacare while running for office, and voted for repeal bills repeatedly during the previous administration, knowing that Obama would veto, a repeal only vote is likely to fail, according to some observers.

Washington political news outlet Axios contacted a Senate insider for their thoughts:

Be smart: We emailed one of the GOP’s sharpest vote counters with the repeal-only news and the subject line: “Hail Mary?”

The quick reply: “Incomplete pass.”

Quote du jour, per Politico: “At a dinner with GOP senators on Monday evening, Trump said the party would look like ‘dopes’ if they couldn’t pass [a repeal-only] bill after passing a repeal bill in 2015.”