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One of Senate's Healthcare Holdouts Urged to Continue Opposition

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By    |   Friday, 07 Jul 2017 11:11 AM

Sen. Jerry Moran is one of the nine Republican holdouts on his party's healthcare legislation, and it may stay that way — not one of his constituents at a Kansas town hall spoke in favor of it, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Moran is generally considered a strident supporter of Mitch McConnell and Republican leadership in the Senate, but not on this, so far. Moran has concerns about the cuts to Medicaid as well as the how the bill would impact folks with pre-existing conditions, the Journal reported.

"He's not one of those problematic Republicans you tend to think of," Patrick Miller, a political science professor at Kansas University, told the Journal. "This is weird for him. He's a team player."

The Journal reports that none of the nine holdouts have changed their minds to support, and that a 10th now says he's opposed — Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota.

McConnell, who acknowledged Thursday that the GOP might not be able to repeal Obamacare, can afford just two "nay" votes from Republicans, assuming zero votes from any Democrat in the Senate.

Moran, who told the nearly 300-person town hall audience that he wants to see McConnell and Republicans work with Democrats to make the bill better, said he would support the bill if proper changes are made.

"If the bill gets to the point where it satisfies my requirements, it could get my vote,” he said, the Journal reported. "I don't know what else to say about that."

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Sen. Jerry Moran is one of the nine Republican holdouts on his party's healthcare legislation, and it may stay that way - not one of his constituents at a Kansas town hall spoke in favor of it, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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