U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says he opposes amended health care bill - KCTV5

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says he opposes amended health care bill

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FILE - In this March 8, 2016, file photo, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., asks a question of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) FILE - In this March 8, 2016, file photo, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., asks a question of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) says he cannot support a new version of a health care bill proposed by Republicans in the United States Senate. 

Moran announced his opposition to the bill on Monday night. 

The senator's full statement: 

“There are serious problems with Obamacare, and my goal remains what it has been for a long time: to repeal and replace it. This closed-door process has yielded the BCRA, which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one."

“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy. Furthermore, if we leave the federal government in control of everyday healthcare decisions, it is more likely that our healthcare system will devolve into a single-payer system, which would require a massive federal spending increase. We must now start fresh with an open legislative process to develop innovative solutions that provide greater personal choice, protections for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower overall costs for Kansans.”

Moran was joined by U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in announcing opposition to the bill. 

Previously, fellow Republicans U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) said they could not support the bill. 

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