Thune and Rounds weigh in on stalled Obamacare repeal

South Dakota’s United States Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds are both quoted in an article today at the Politico website, as they both weigh in on the stalled effort to repeal the much-maligned Obamacare:

Senate Republicans have no plans to revive their party-line attempts to repeal Obamacare this summer, despite President Donald Trump’s increasing frustration over the chamber’s failed attempts last week to gut the law.

“Until somebody shows us a way to get that elusive 50th vote, I think it’s over,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Republican. “Maybe lightning will strike and something will come together but I’m not holding my breath.”


Some rank-and-file Republicans want to try and keep up the fight even as more senior members echoed McConnell’s “move on” comments. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said the party must pursue “all avenues” to reform, including reconciliation.

“We have to continue working on it because come January 1, we’re going to see a huge increase in premiums,” Rounds said.

Read it all here.

4 Replies to “Thune and Rounds weigh in on stalled Obamacare repeal”

  1. Doug

    “For one, they’re down one vote in the short-term, with Sen. John McCain being treated for cancer in Arizona.”

    You know how NFL players sign a one day contract to retire with their hometeam when they retire, that was McCain on Obamacare.

    1. Ike

      Or perhaps there were 3 smart Republicans who decided that huge tax cuts for rich people at the expense of Medicaid for the poor was probably not such a good idea.

      Seriously. Republicans have had 7 years to come up with something better. When push came to shove, they simply went behind closed doors to the exclusion of the Democrats, and came out with… junk WORSE than the ACA.

      Tell you what, just reboot the ACA, and rename it AmeriCare. Tweak what needs tweaking with ALL stakeholders, and quit trying to save a millionaire’s legacy by providing affordable care for ALL.

  2. Emoluments Clause

    I found it fascinating too, that Politico quoted our two Republicans Senators in the same article on the repeal of ObamaCare as we know it. It always makes me proud when South Dakota makes the national news. But what I find confusing is while their fellow Republican and governor of South Dakota was trying to bring ObamaCare, as we currently know it, to South Dakota just a year or two ago, our Republican Senators now, as two, are actually working to destroy it as we know it, however….???


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