GOP health care bill stalled as more Republican senators announce opposition

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-18 12:32:56|Editor: Yamei
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WASHINGTON, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Two more Republican senators announced opposition to the GOP health care bill Monday, in another blow to the Republican efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature legislation.

Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah issued separate statements late Monday, saying the long-sought Republican health care plan will not have their support.

They have added their name to those of Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky who oppose revising Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), a GOP bill designed to overhaul the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as the Obamacare.

"We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy," Moran said in a statement, urging a fresh start and "an open legislative process."

"If we leave the federal government in control of everyday health care decisions, it is more likely that our health care system will devolve into a single-payer system, which would require a massive federal spending increase," Moran elaborated.

Lee said the BCRA "doesn't go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations."