Sen. Mike Lee is taking fire from fellow Republicans for helping to stop the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Utah’s junior Senator is standing his ground because he says the bill did not do enough to get rid of Obamacare.
Politico reports that fellow conservatives are attacking Lee for helping to “save Obamacare” from repeal efforts. Lee bristles at that characterization.
“I’m not being an absolutist,” he said, adding that he didn’t need 100 percent of the law to be repealed. “I’m a little frustrated by some who are eager and willing to call me out for saying this doesn’t go far enough in doing what we promised to do for seven years.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch even took a shot at Lee’s reluctance to get on board with the GOP health care bill.
“I don’t see him looking for a path to yes. It seems like he’s against everything right now,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). “That’s the way it looks to me.”
Lee grew animated when asked about Hatch’s remarks.
“I am stunned by that suggestion,” Lee said. “I am surprised that he would purport to know what my thoughts and intents were, what I was thinking or intending. He could not be more wrong.”