Republican Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Susan Collins (Maine) have quickly come out against their party’s latest effort to repeal Obamacare on Tuesday, leaving the bill on the brink of collapse just hours after it was announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“My position on this issue is driven by its impact on West Virginians. With that in mind, I cannot vote to repeal ObamaCare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians,” Capito said in a statement.
Collins said that she is still a “no” on proceeding to the House-passed bill, which would be used as a vehicle for any Senate action.
“We can’t just hope that we will pass a replacement within the next two years. Repealing without a replacement would create great uncertainty for individuals who rely on the [Affordable Care Act] and cause further turmoil in the insurance markets,” she said.
She added that she’s recommended Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, “begin to hold hearings to examine ways to fix the many flaws in the ACA so that it will work better for all Americans.”
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said early Tuesday he would need to review the bill, but told reporters that a repeal-only bill “will add to more uncertainty.”