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Mike Lee Frustrated With Health Bill Opposition Backlash

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By    |   Friday, 21 Jul 2017 10:58 AM

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, expressed his frustration as a chorus of Republicans criticize him for opposing the GOP's healthcare bill.

Lee spoke with Politico and said the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) doesn't do what Republicans have been promising for years.

"I'm not being an absolutist," Lee said. "I'm a little frustrated by some who are eager and willing to call me out for saying this doesn’t go far enough in doing what we promised to do for seven years."

Lee is one of a handful of Republican senators who oppose the BCRA, the future of which is in jeopardy because of a lack of support from the right side of the aisle. He admitted Thursday that if a certain provision that gives consumers more healthcare choices is added to the bill, he would be a yes vote.

"All things being equal, if they could get that, I could get to yes," Lee said. 

Lee told Politico he was particularly frustrated with comments made by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who said Lee "seems like he's against everything right now."

Lee fired back by saying, "I am stunned by that suggestion. I am surprised that he would purport to know what my thoughts and intents were, what I was thinking or intending. He could not be more wrong."

Earlier this week, Lee said he would support voting to repeal Obamacare now and replacing it with something different down the road.

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