Congressional Republicans’ aims of overturning Obamacare and shrinking entitlement programs like Medicaid and Medicare died with Democrats’ House victories Tuesday night. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky acknowledged as much on Wednesday. “I think it’s pretty obvious that a Democratic House is not going to be interested in” repealing the Affordable Care Act, as Obamacare is formally known.
Likewise, he said, “the Democrats have made it perfectly clear that they are not interested in dealing with entitlements and they’re in a position to say ‘no’ and so I don’t think that will be on the agenda.”
That’s likely to come as a relief to the nearly 20 million Californians that rely on Medicare or Medicaid.
McConnell did maintain that “there are serious problems with Obamacare.” He also said Congress is “going to have to obviously try to address it on a bipartisan basis.”
Reining in prescription drug prices is one specific priority both McConnell and Pelosi highlighted Wednesday. California tried to tackle skyrocketing drug costs, on its own, with a 2017 transparency law. Federal legislation to contain price increases would likely have more of an impact.