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McConnell Suggests GOP Healthcare Bill May Fail

Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky acknowledged July 6 that Republican efforts in the Senate to overturn the Affordable Care Act, commonly called "Obamacare," may fail.

With Congress still in recess, McConnell spoke at a lunchtime event in Kentucky, the Associated Press reported.

"If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur," McConnell said, according to the AP.

Many of the health care marketplaces under Obamacare are struggling. In some areas of the country, only a single insurance provider is currently available.

"No action is not an alternative," McConnell added. "We've got the insurance markets imploding all over the country, including in this state."

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McConnell's acknowledgement of the difficulty in passing a bill to repeal Obamacare comes as he struggles to secure the 50 votes the GOP requires to pass legislation in the Senate.

Up to a dozen GOP senators have expressed doubts about the bill, although some are anticipated to get on board after revisions are made.

"I don't know if we can get it done or not," Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said July 6.

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas also called his Party's proposed legislation into question.

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"There are people who tell me they are better off under Obama's law, and I believe them," Moran said.

Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania had a candid explanation for the hold-up.

"I didn't expect Donald Trump to win, I think most of my colleagues didn't, so we didn't expect to be in this situation," he said.

Democrats, meanwhile, have their own problems to deal with on the health care issue.

Although all Democrats in the Senate would be expected to vote down the Republican bill, disagreements exist over what should be done. According to Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the goal should be the implementation of a Medicare for all system.

"Medicare for all...will be saving middle class families substantial sums of money, and it will be guaranteeing health care to every man, woman and child in this country," Sanders told CNN July 2.

By contrast, Democratic House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California said in June that her Party should focus on fixing Obamacare.

"Discussion of single payer right now is irrelevant at best and at worst a serious distraction from the fight to save Obamacare," Matt Bennett of the centrist think tank Third Way told USA Today. "All Democratic energy has to be directed at saving Obamacare. We do not understand why anyone would take their eye off the ball at this moment."

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