Delaying individual mandate, as GOP now proposes, would wreck exchanges and Obamacare, Democratic aide warns; McConnell says Republicans can’t get Democratic votes they need in Senate
“If you require insurance companies to cover everyone regardless of pre-existing conditions and don’t require everyone to have insurance, the insurance companies will leave the market,” writes Stephen George, communications director for Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville. “Kentucky tried that in 1994, and the results were devastating: 40 insurance companies left the state, leaving just one private plan and one state-run plan.” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted that in her concurrence to the decision upholding the law, George notes.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told Newsmax.com that the House plan “would be a very appealing vote to all Senate Republicans,” but they despair of getting any Democrats to join them. “It would require at least five Senate Democrats to agree with that.
We’re not going to be able to do anything Republicans-only in the Senate
because we have a math problem.”
Hinting that the game is about at an end, or at least that he wishes it to be, McConnell said Republicans would target four Democratic senators who are seeking re-election next year in states President Obama lost twice: Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.
“There are four Democratic senators who are running for re-election who
will have to explain to their constituents why they didn’t take the
opportunity today to defund, and therefore stop, this overwhelmingly
unpopular law,” McConnell said. “Our ability to have achieved the defunding is not there, because we
don’t have enough Republican senators to achieve the goal — and until we
have at least four or five Democrats to support us, we can’t get that
job done.” (Read more)