McConnell Backtracks, Says He Will Pursue Health Care Repeal After All

Responding to pressure from conservative activists, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) has backtracked on his decision to refrain from pursuing a second vote to repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act before November. According to a senior GOP aide, Senate Republicans are already in the process of organizing a public-relations campaign “to highlight the need to repeal the controversial healthcare law.” The event is scheduled to coincide with the two-year anniversary of the ACA’s passing. House Republicans will vote to repeal the ACA’s Independent Payment Advisory Board sometime this month, but the effort will likely fail in the Senate. —Fatima Najiy