Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) will oppose Republican senators' health care legislation, effectively eliminating any possibility that the bill will pass.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) July 18, 2017
Neither senator will support the motion to proceed for the bill, Lee tweeted on Monday. Lee and Moran are included among four Republican senators opposing the legislation.
“In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations," Lee said in a statement.
In a statement of his own, Moran said the bill was “bad policy” and didn't “address healthcare's rising costs.”
My full statement opposing this version of BCRA: pic.twitter.com/CUq4Kibe0I
— Jerry Moran (@JerryMoran) July 18, 2017
Lee worked with fellow conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to craft an amendment scrapping Affordable Care Act regulations for insurers who continued to provide at least one mandate-approved plan. The amendment, dubbed the Consumer Freedom Option, was included in the latest version of the bill.
Despite that amendment's inclusion, Lee said he opposed the bill. “After conferring with trusted experts regarding the latest version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment, I have decided I cannot support the current version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act,” Lee said in his statement.