White House blindsided by repeal-and-replace health care plan's implosion

The White House was surprised by two senators' defection last night.

In a statement Tuesday, a spokesperson for Moran said their office "made certain the White House and Senate leadership were aware and would not have moved forward without having these discussions. It was a brief, positive conversation with the White House regarding the path forward.”

An aide to Moran said the senator's office called the president's team a couple of minutes before the statement was released publicly.

In a statement yesterday, Lee said the GOP bill "doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations."

Moran said the bill "fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs," according to a statement yesterday.

Collins also voted against the 2015 bill. But 49 currently serving Republican senators voted for it. And Sen. Todd Young, of Indiana, then a member of the House, voted for the bill in that chamber.

Theoretically there may be 50 votes for this bill.

But the political climate has shifted dramatically since then. In 2015 that bill was passed as a symbolic gesture, with the knowledge that it was dead on arrival at the White House, with then-President Obama vetoing the measure.

Republicans who supported the 2015 bill may have some explaining to do if they plan to vote against the measure this time around.

The new version of the 2015 plan will likely delay the repeal of the Affordable Care Act by as much as three years, in order to give Congress time to come up with a replacement plan before the repeal goes into effect.