With the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare currently
dead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. vowed to revive
the 2015 bill that repealed much of Obamacare's taxes and spending
(while leaving regulations intact), and then deal with the thorny
negotiations about replacement after. Back in 2015, the partial
repeal bill passed the Senate with a 52-vote majority.
Though there has been some turnover in the Senate since that
December 2015 vote, many of the centrists who have been the most
reluctant to repeal Obamacare — Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V.,
Lisa Murkowski R-Alaska., Dean Heller, R-Nev., Bill Cassidy, R-La.,
and Rob Portman, R-Ohio — voted for the repeal bill. If they oppose
it this time, they'll have to beat back charges that they cynically
voted for repeal two years ago when they knew former President
Barack Obama would veto it, but reversed themselves when it was no
longer symbolic, because President Trump will sign it into law.
Susan Collins, R-Maine, voted no in 2015.
The bottom line: If McConnell is somehow able to hold all of the
senators who voted for repeal in 2015, it would probably pass,
because the new senators are from very conservative states.
Below is a full list of how those in the current Senate voted in
2015, and how the composition of the Senate has changed since then.
Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
John Boozman, R-Ark.
Richard Burr, R-N.C.
Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V.
Bill Cassidy, R-La.
Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
John Cornyn, R-Tex.
Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
Mike Crapo, R-Idaho
Ted Cruz, R-Tex.
Steve Daines, R-Mont.
Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.
Joni Ernst, R-Iowa
Deb Fischer, R-Neb.
Jeff Flake, R-Ariz
Cory Gardner, R-Colo.
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa
Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
Dean Heller, R-Nev.
John Hoeven, N.D.
James Inhofe, R-Okla.
Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
James Lankford, R-Okla.
Mike Lee, R-Utah
John McCain, R-Ariz.
Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Jerry Moran, R-Kan.
Lisa Murkowski R-Alaska.
Rand Paul, R-Ky.
David Perdue, R-Ga.
Rob Portman, R-Ohio
James Risch, R-Idaho
Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
Mike Rounds, R-S.D.
Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
Ben Sasse, R-Neb.
Tim Scott, R-S.C.
Richard Shelby, R-Ala.
Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska
John Thune, R-S.D.
Tom Tillis, R-N.C.
Pat Toomey, R-Pa.
Roger Wicker, R-Miss.
Susan Collins, R-Maine
NO LONGER IN OFFICE
Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. (lost in 2016)
Dan Coats, R-Ind. (became Director of National Intelligence,
replaced by Todd Young)
Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. (became Attorney General, replaced by Luther
David Vitter, R-La. (did not seek reelection, replaced by John
Mark Kirk, R-Ill. (lost in 2016, voted no initially)
NOW IN OFFICE
John Kennedy, R-La.
Luther Strange, R-Ala.
Todd Young, R-Ind.
Dems & the media want Trump to be more like Obama, but then he'd
have to audit liberals & wire tap reporters' phones.