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McConnell:Obamacare Replacement Will Empower States

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By    |   Sunday, 22 Jan 2017 01:12 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday an Obamacare replacement plan will "move the power out to the states" for health care programs.

In an interview with "Fox News Sunday,"  the Kentucky Republican said the Trump administration and Congress will work on a plan that "can work."

"We’re going to move carefully, in conjunction with the administration to repeal and replace [Obamacare] with things like health savings accounts and interstate health insurance sales, and high risk pools at the state level to take care of people who have pre-existing conditions," he said.

"All of these things can work. We want to move the power out to the states and allow them to develop health care programs that work for them."

McConnell also predicted the Senate would approve all of President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees, though only two so far have been approved: James Mattis for secretary of defense, and John Kelly for secretary of homeland security.

"I believe we’ll be able to confirm the president’s entire cabinet," he said. "There’s great enthusiasm."

"What's been unfortunate is that all I asked for of my colleague, [New York] Senator [Chuck ] Schumer, was to treat President Trump the same way we treated President [Barack] Obama," McConnell said. "Obviously, we were not happy with any of his nominees either. But he got seven of them on the first day. We got two. They even delayed the CIA… until Monday for some inexplicable reason."

"I’m optimistic we’ll get every member of the cabinet," he added.

McConnell also said he was confident of confirmation for whomever Trump nominates for the Supreme Court – even if Democrats try to block the vote.

I’m confident we’ll get a Supreme Court nominees confirmed," he said. "I expect an outstanding nominee sometime soon," adding he hoped there would be no filibuster.

If there is, however, McConnell said, "then, under the current Senate rule… we’d have to get 60 votes. … I think the short answer is, the nominee will be confirmed."

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday an Obamacare replacement plan will move the power out to the states for health care programs.In an interview with Fox News Sunday, the Kentucky Republican said the Trump administration and Congress will work on a plan...
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