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McCarthy: ‘Obamacare Will Be Repealed And Replaced’

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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In the wake of the leadership-backed Obamacare repeal bill being pulled from the floor Friday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Republicans won’t stop their work to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

McCarthy took to social media to assure his constituents they were not giving up on lowering premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

“The American people cannot endure #Obamacare, and their representatives will not accept the status quo,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “Obamacare will be repealed and replaced.”

McCarthy said despite Friday’s roadblock, he will continue to work to figure out a solution to address the problems in the health-care industry created by Obamacare.

“I remain as committed as I’ve ever been to implementing solutions that provide health care relief for our neighbors, stabilizes and strengthens the safety net in our communities, and allows patients more choice and freedom from Washington mandates,” said McCarty, a California Republican.

GOP lawmakers said Friday they were unsure of what steps would b taken next, as President Donald Trump encouraged Congress to shelve health-care reform to work on priorities due to the party’s inability to reach a consensus on a repeal bill.

McCarthy’s sentiments echoed those given in a speech by Vice President Mike Pence Saturday in West Virginia, who said he knows Americans are suffering under the ACA.

“The president and I are grateful for Speaker Paul Ryan and all the House Republicans who stood with us in this effort to begin the end of Obamacare.  But as we all learned yesterday, Congress just wasn’t ready,” Pence said. “You saw it — with 100 percent of House Democrats — every single one — and a handful of Republicans actually standing in the way of President Trump’s plans to repeal and replace Obamacare. We’re back to the drawing board.”

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