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Before and After

Mitch McConnell open to repealing ObamaCare via backdoor tactic he once called 'arrogant'

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that if the GOP retakes the Senate in the midterms, he would be willing to pursue an ObamaCare repeal through a controversial budget process called reconciliation.

Reconciliation is a tactic that allows the Senate to avert a filibuster and pass legislation with 51 votes. And McConnell believes the GOP "owe[s] it to the American people" to try to repeal the law via extraordinary measures, including reconciliation, if necessary, a McConnell spokesperson told The Washington Examiner.

Yet back in 2010, McConnell bemoaned Democratic threats to pass ObamaCare via reconciliation, saying it was "really the Democratic majority, in frankly a kind of arrogant way, saying we're smarter than you are." However, after the Supreme Court upheld the law's individual mandate as a tax, and with the GOP angling to retake the Senate in 2012, McConnell changed his tune.