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Hey, Senate Republicans, Give Patients the Consumer Freedom Option

Originally Published in Washington Examiner on 7/12/17.

"For years, the American people have been calling on Washington to build a bridge away from Obamacare. For years, Democrats prevented the Senate from passing legislation to do so. But in just a moment, that will change," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared in December 2015 before the upper chamber voted to pass a reconciliation bill that repealed much of Obamacare.

Today, with 52 seats and the majority, Republicans are struggling to repeal Obamacare. In fact, the Better Care Reconciliation Act keeps much of President Barack Obama's signature domestic legislative achievement in place. While Democrats certainly aren't on board with the bill, the real hurdles for passage are the moderates in the Senate Republican Conference, all of whom, with the exception of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, voted for the 2015 repeal bill less than two years ago.