No Republican politician would admit this in public but it’s fairly obvious that even a clean repeal sans replacement is no longer an option.
But it became quickly apparent that GOP leaders, who were caught off guard by defections of their members Monday night, lacked the votes to abolish parts of the 2010 law outright. Three centrist Republican senators — Susan Collins (Maine), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) — all said they would oppose any vote to proceed with an immediate repeal of the law. (Washington Post)
All three Senators announced their opposition via the medium Donald Trump loves best—Twitter.
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I will vote no on the motion to proceed to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement. I voted against this same proposal in 2015. pic.twitter.com/Szuke5zYNL
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) July 18, 2017
My latest statement on the Senate health care bill & planned vote to repeal Obamacare: pic.twitter.com/yAVIxgptCu
— Shelley Moore Capito (@SenCapito) July 18, 2017
My recent statement on the Senate Healthcare Process: pic.twitter.com/j19Ok1KwWw
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) July 18, 2017
So with Trumpcare dying yesterday thanks to a few good Senators & a clean repeal sans replace no longer a working option, where does that leave the GOP‽