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Despite Changes, Two Republicans Still Oppose Bill to Repeal Obamacare

On Thursday, Senate Republicans released revisions made to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which is their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

However, since the revisions have been made, two GOP senators — Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — still oppose the measure proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Paul opposes the legislation because he claims it does not go far enough in repealing the ACA. Paul told “Fox & Friends:”

“The new plan actually doesn’t repeal Obamacare. It keeps about half of the Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the Obamacare regulations.”

Paul continued, “I’m just not for that. I promised to repeal Obamacare, not to continue Obamacare.”

Collins says she opposes the legislation because of the cuts it makes to Medicaid. The senator told MSNBC:

“If the provisions that completely overhaul the Medicaid program were dropped from the bill, that would be a great step in the right direction. […] From my perspective, it does not make sense to do a major rewrite of a vital entitlement program without having any hearings or consideration of the implications. So that is something that is a major reason that I find myself unable to support the bill.”

In the revisions made to the BCRA by Senate GOP leadership, the cuts made to Medicaid stay in place. The revised bill does provide states with more funding – $70 billion – to help them reduce the cost of premiums.

The Republicans currently control 52 seats in the Senate, and 50 – with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote – are needed for the bill to pass the upper chamber. With Collins and Paul out, McConnell cannot afford to lose any more members of his own party.

The Senate has already cut its August recess short in order to get a health care bill passed. McConnell has reportedly announced that the Senate will be voting on the revised bill next week.