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Repeat Defenders: GOP Looks to 2015 Repeal

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It wasn't the announcement Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had hoped to make. After weeks of grueling back and forth, the Senate's top Republican admitted yesterday that the wheels had finally come off the gurney of the GOP's latest health care plan. With the loss of Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), even McConnell can't see a path forward for his Better Care Reconciliation Act. "Regretfully," McConnell told reporters, "it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful."

But just because Republicans can't agree on a replacement plan within the narrow confines of reconciliation doesn't mean the effort has failed. In fact, the bad news for H.R. 1628 may be the best news for voters! For once, Republicans are willing to return to what worked: the 2015 Obamacare repeal. Instead of bickering over the nuts and bolts of a limited replacement plan, McConnell has finally come around to the idea that groups like FRC have supported all along. It's time to put their feet on the trail they blazed in 2015 and pass the same budget reconciliation bill Congress put on President Obama's desk. The whole point of that exercise was to prove it could be done. The only thing that's changed since 2015 is that they finally have a president who will sign it!

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