McConnell: GOP Might Try Obamacare Repeal Again If They Hold Congress

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confidently predicted Wednesday that there would not be a year-end government shutdown and warned that the apparent murder of a journalist is "really going to challenge" the Saudi-US relationship - all the while avoiding any criticism of President Donald Trump, whether it was about Trump's handling of the crisis in Saudi Arabia or his tweets insulting the appearance of a female porn star.

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

"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", the Kentucky Republican told Bloomberg News. But as McConnell points out, there's a chance. "We're not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working".

Top Senate and House Democrats promptly jumped on McConnell's comments, arguing that people's healthcare is at stake in the midterm elections. "Americans should take Senator McConnell at his word".

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On social programs, McConnell said in an interview with Reuters: "Entitlements are the long-term drivers of the debt".

Republicans spent most of the Obama administration slamming deficits, but they have mainly ignored the issue during the Trump administration to support his agenda of raising spending while cutting taxes, the Post reported. So yes, Republicans would have to "start over" with a fresh set of budget-reconciliation instructions making it possible to repeal Obamacare without the legislation falling prey to a Democratic filibuster.

"We had to negotiate with the Democrats and spend more on the domestic side than I would have preferred", McConnell said.

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