McConnell: Senate GOP May Revisit Obamacare Repeal Depending on Outcome of Midterms

Maricruz Casares
Octubre 18, 2018

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week that cuts to entitlement programs - Washington-speak for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security - are necessary due to rising federal deficits.

On Nov. 6, Americans will vote for candidates for the Senate and the House of Representatives.

During an interview Tuesday with Bloomberg News, McConnell said he doesn't think the lawsuit is a mistake. Democrats will try to wrest control in races for all 435 House seats and one-third of the 100 Senate seats.

In an interview with Reuters, McConnell said that his party's failure a year ago to repeal the health-care law, also known as Obamacare, was "the one disappointment of this Congress from a Republican point of view". But as McConnell points out, there's a chance.

"If we had the votes to completely start over, we'd do it", McConnell said. But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks. "We're not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working".

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"Rick Scott has spent his career fighting against quality and affordable health care for Floridians, including those with pre-existing conditions", Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Caroline Rowland said in a statement, referring to the GOP nominee in Florida's competitive Senate contest. About 20 million Americans have received health insurance coverage through the program, a landmark legislative achievement for Obama and Democrats.

Now, the Senate Majority Leader believes the solution is in cutting some of the nation's most popular programs. "That hasn't happened since the '80s", he added. It's a bipartisan problem: "unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future".

McConnell's comments came one day after the White House reported that the government ran a deficit of $779 billion in the fiscal year that ended September 30, a 17 percent increase from the year before.

A main driver of the rising deficits is the massive tax cut that President Donald Trump and Republicans pushed through Congress past year.

Trump on Wednesday asked his cabinet for proposals to cut their budgets by five percent.

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