After the failure of the U.S. Senate Republicans to agree on a replacement for Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said he would seek a vote on a bill that would simply repeal Obamacare.

Wyoming’s two Sens., Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, signaled earlier this week that they might support such a move.

But the Cowboy State’s lone Rep. Liz Cheney expressed skepticism about a straight repeal in an interview on Thursday.

“I think it’s really important we don’t pull the rug out from people,” Cheney said. “We’ve got to replace it with something.”

The House would have to approve any Obamacare repeal passed by the Senate.

Cheney emphasized what she believes is the importance of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and cautioned that she could not comment definitively on how she would vote on a repeal bill without first seeing the legislation.

“I’d like to see the Senate take action,” she said.

Both Barrasso and Enzi have been closely involved in drafting the Senate version of the American Health Care Act, which passed the House with Cheney’s support in May. Cheney praised their work on the legislation.

“Wyoming couldn’t have two better people in the position they’re in to make sure we get something that works for Wyoming,” Cheney said.

The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that the latest bill put forward by McConnell would produce 22 million additional uninsured people by 2026 and drive up premiums for many older Americans. Congress’ nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Wednesday the repeal-only bill would leave 32 million additional people uninsured over a decade and double average premiums.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Arno Rosenfeld covers the city of Casper.


Star-Tribune reporter Arno Rosenfeld covers local government, with a focus on Casper and Natrona County.

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