A spokesman for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the Washington Examiner Thursday that if McConnell takes over as majority leader in January he would be willing to repeal Obamacare with just 51 votes:
“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,” McConnell spokesman Brian McGuire wrote in an emailed statement.
Reconciliation is a parliamentary maneuver that allows legislation to be passed without needing the usual 60 votes to overcome blockage by a filibuster.
This comes after comments McConnell made on Fox News Tuesday, saying that, “It would take 60 votes in the Senate, and no one thinks we’re going to have 60 Republicans. And it would take a president — presidential signature. And no one thinks we’re going to get that.”
No matter what, any attempts to repeal Obamacare would be a long, hard, complicated fight.