He claimed that Democrats refused to seriously engage with him about destroying their signature health care achievement.
“Despite his party’s inability to come together to pass through the legislation, McConnell pinned much of the fault on Senate Democrats. “Our friends on the other side decided early on they didn’t want to engage with us in a serious way, a serious way to help those suffering under Obamacare,” McConnell said.”
Senator McConnell worked on the Republican repeal efforts in historic secrecy. Not even other Senate Republicans were entitled to see the bill as it was prepared. In contrast, Democrats had nearly a year of hearings and entertained many Republican amendments to eventually pass the Affordable Care Act with zero Republican support. At the time, Senator McConnell complained that the Affordable Care Act was “being written behind closed doors, without input from anyone.”