WASHINGTON (BY: JEFF STEIN, VOX.com) - Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) released an extraordinary attack on her own party’s plan to repeal Obamacare on Tuesday, saying she rejected it because “I did not come to Washington to hurt people.”
After support for Republicans’ Better Care Reconciliation Act crumbled Monday night, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed that Republicans simply repeal Obamacare altogether and come up with a replace bill at a later date.
That plan was in big trouble within hours. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) quickly came out against it, and with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) still recovering from surgery in Arizona, Capito’s defection ensures that McConnell doesn’t have the 50 votes he needs to advance the bill — at least not until McCain returns.
But perhaps even more consequential than Capito coming out against “clean repeal” of Obamacare is her strident, moral condemnation of the bill’s impacts on her state’s Medicaid patients — and what that suggests about the bill’s possible path forward.