A group of moderate Senate Republicans introduced an amendment Monday to give Republicans additional time to repeal Obamacare.
Sens. Susan Collins, Bob Corker, Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy and Rob Portman want to extend the deadline for a repeal bill until March 3 under an arcane budget procedure called reconciliation that prevents a Democratic filibuster. The existing resolution’s deadline is Jan. 27, although none of the deadlines are binding.
Corker told POLITICO that he wants to slow down the entire process so that lawmakers have the chance to think through several factors, including the impact of repealing the law on the budget. He also said President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for HHS secretary, Rep. Tom Price, is unlikely to take office this month.
For six years the Republicans whined and moaned that they couldn’t do anything about Obamacare unless America gave them control of the legislative and executive branches of government. America delivered. If the Republicans can’t deliver on the signature promise to repeal Obamacare, they can get bent.