McConnell: Changes coming to ObamaCare next year

McConnell: Changes coming to ObamaCare next year
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAre Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report MORE (R-Ky.) says major changes are coming for ObamaCare next year, no matter who wins the White House.

Pointing to rising costs and shaky insurance markets, McConnell said the next president will have to work with Congress to keep the situation from worsening, though he did not specifically say the healthcare law would be repealed.


“It will be revisited by the next president, whoever that is,” McConnell said at an event Monday with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “No matter who wins the election, no matter who’s in control of Congress.”

The Kentucky Republican, who has long opposed President Obama’s signature healthcare law, did not specifically say Congress should try to repeal the law next year.

Instead, he pointed to rising premiums, co-payments and deductibles across the country, as well as “chaos in the private health insurance market.” This year, major insurers such as UnitedHealthCare and Aetna have decided to pull back from the ObamaCare marketplace, citing larger-than-expected financial losses.

“I don’t think there’s any question that ObamaCare is crashing,” McConnell told the crowd, according to a recording of the event.

GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE has vowed to repeal the healthcare law immediately if he is elected, though that would likely require Republicans to control both chambers of Congress.

McConnell and then-Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom Rising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief This little engine delivers results for DC children MORE (R-Ohio) in the past sent an ObamaCare repeal bill to President Obama’s desk, which was swiftly vetoed.

Six years into ObamaCare, most health experts say it is logistically almost impossible to eliminate the full law. Sixteen million people have gained coverage, and private health insurance markets have made major changes to conform to the new rules.  

If Democrats win the White House again in 2016, the GOP’s next chance to take aim at the law would be 2020 — a full decade after the law's passage.

This year, McConnell faces a tough task trying to keep control of the Senate. Republicans are defending 24 seats, compared to 10 seats for Democrats. Of those 10 seats, only Nevada — retiring Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason Reid2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again Panel: How Biden's gaffes could cost him against Trump MORE's seat — is considered a pickup opportunity for Republicans.

Democrats need to gain five Senate seats — or four if they keep the White House — to win control of the chamber.