Mitch McConnell Admits Replacing Obamacare May Take Awhile

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., checks out the stage during preparation for the Republican National Convention inside Quicken Loans Arena, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told an audience that Republicans are going to repeal Obamacare, but fully gutting the law and replacing it will take some time.

“You can’t just snap your fingers and go from where we are today to where we’re headed,” McConnell said Saturday, according to the Associated Press. “This has to be done carefully. It has to be done in a phased-in way over a period of time.”

When asked to give a specific timeline on when repeal would take place, McConnell said “we’re going to move to it after we go back in the first week in January.”

Republicans in Washington are still undecided about how to replace Obamacare. Despite the fact that the party has been running on a platform to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act for six years, there is still disagreement about how best to overhaul the law and ensure that the 20 million people benefiting from it are not kicked off insurance and left without health coverage. During his address, the Associated Press reported that McConnell criticized the law for rising premiums and called it a “monstrosity.”

“We have an obligation to the American people to straighten this out,” he said, according to the AP.

Republican senators seem content on the long-term strategy, but some House members were hoping that the issue would be handled more swiftly.

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  1. Ya know, just fuk him so very much.

  2. I lost my neurosurgeon and my neurologist under Obamacare. The old coots retired.

    I’ll never forgot two doctors at the nurses’ station discussing how to run their small business under Obamacare. I could only see their shoes from my bed. A third pair of feet joined them. “Most important for me is delivering high quality care to my patients. I’m still doing that.” That voice was my doctor-- Dr. Arthur Primeaux.

  3. His cluelessness is matched only by his complete lack of ethics.

  4. GOP is the party of death.

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