Capitol Hill Republicans who declined to back President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign are touting the party’s newfound ability to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
With Trump’s win and Republican sweeps to maintain control of the Senate and the House, the party now has a path forward to repeal the law, following through on a years-long vow.
Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), who fiercely pushed back against the Trump candidacy, mentioned helping to repeal and replace the law in statements congratulating Trump on Wednesday.
I congratulate President-Elect Trump & look forward to helping him repeal Obamacare, reduce regulation, and confirm conservative judges.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) November 9, 2016
“Starting today, I will do everything in my power to hold the President to his promises: to fight for an ethics reform package that upends cronyism and enacts term limits; to lead on repealing and replacing ObamaCare; and to nominate judges who reject law-making by unelected courts,” Sasse said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Sasse in particular was a strong voice against Trump’s campaign, while Lee very publicly declined to cast a vote for him at the Republican National Convention over the summer. They’re joining other members of the conference who had highlighted Obamacare repeal as a major reason to support Trump throughout the campaign.