Rob Portman: GOP Senate Would Hold Obamacare Repeal Vote

Republicans will vote to repeal Obamacare if they retake control of the Senate during the November election, Sen. Rob Portman says, even though there is little to no chance the president would sign legislation to end his legacy legislation.

“I suspect we will vote to repeal early to put on record the fact that we Republicans think it was a bad policy and we think it is hurting our constituents,” the Ohio senator told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor Thursday, reports The Huffington Post.

“We think health care costs should be going down, not up. We think people should be able to keep the insurance that they had. They are worried about the fact that the next shoe to drop is going to be employer coverage.”

But even if Senate Republicans vote to repeal Obamacare, they should be ready with an alternative healthcare plan of their own to replace it, said Portman.

“I think it is something that ought to go along with repeal to say, ‘Yes, we think this is the wrong way to go. But we also think the health care system must be improved,’ ” said Portman.