Sen. Moran announces qualified intention to vote for Obamacare repeal

Marc LaVoie
July 19, 2017 - 5:35 am

A day after announcing he cannot support the latest Republican health care bill Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran said he hoped the full Senate can come together to discuss how to improve the health care system.

Moran said he will vote for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act if it means starting the debate with a clean slate and encouraging bipartisan involvement.

"My hope is that that means that there's full legislative hearings, that we have expertise brought in, that we garner the best minds in the country to determine what can be done to improve access to affordable health care across the country," Moran told reporters Tuesday.

Despite the obvious affect on costs, Moran said he believes congress must come up with a way to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

The announcement from Moran and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah Monday all but doomed the Senate version of the health care bill. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine have both said they would not support the bill in its current form.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now pushing for a simple act to repeal Obamacare. 

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