Barely an hour and a half after it became apparent that the Republican health care replacement bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) wouldn't pass, Senate Republican leaders were already trying to figure out how they could salvage their attempt at health care reform.
And according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the best way to do that is to wipe the board clean and start from scratch.
In a statement released shortly after two Republican senators announced that they would not vote in support of the BCRA, McConnell said that the Senate would vote on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, and figure out the replacement part later.
In the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.
In short, Congress would take away the existing health care regulations, with an IOU pinky-swear promise to come up with something better in future, despite not being able to do so now.
It's the same plan that President Trump has espoused, including in a tweet shortly after the news broke.
But on Twitter, some people were already calling out the idea.
Some pointed out that that two-year deadline conveniently comes after the 2018 midterm elections...
in 2018, all the seats in the House of Representatives and 34 seats in the Senate will be up for reelection.
Some people thought that McConnell should just give up already...
And some were just wondering how we could be rid of the whole thing.
In a very topical context, as well.
What's High Valyrian for "all bills must die?"