With just five days to go before the 2014 midterm elections, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell clarified his position on repealing Obamacare if Republicans take the Senate.
From an emailed statement through his spokesman to the Washington Examiner today:
Leader McConnell is and has always been committed to the full repeal of Obamacare, and he’ll continue to lead efforts to repeal and replace it with patient-centered reforms that enable greater choice at lower costs. He knows it won’t be easy, but he also believes that if Republicans are fortunate enough to take back the majority we’ll owe it to the American people to try through votes on full repeal, the bill’s most onerous provisions, and reconciliation.
This statement comes on the heels of a Fox News interview where McConnell noted that — without a Republican in the White House and 60 votes in the Senate — full repeal would be unlikely:
It would take 60 votes in the Senate. Nobody thinks we’re going to have 60 Republicans. And it would take a president — presidential signature. No one thinks we’re going to get that.
McConnell’s spokesman indicated Senate Republicans could vote to repeal Obamacare through reconciliation, a procedural trick used to pass budgetary legislation by simple majority, or 51 votes. Still, President Obama would not sign that legislation.