GOP: Senate Vote Is ‘Significant Step’ to Eradicating Obamacare

Republicans touted their Senate victory Thursday in passing a bill to reverse key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz calling it “a significant step towards repealing every word of Obamacare.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a speech from the Senate floor called the 52-47 vote “a victory for the middle class families who’ve endured this law’s pain for too long.”

Americans have suffered in their medical choices, the affordability of their care, the availability of their doctors and hospitals and insurance plans they wanted to keep, McConnell said.

He called the vote a means “to build a bridge away from Obamacare and toward better care.”

“What we are doing is listening to our constituents, who’ve told us that they’ve had one bad experience after another with Obamacare,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said.