A Nevada senator says that if the GOP can pick up more Senate seats during the 2018 midterm elections, the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, may finally happen.

In an audio recording obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) reportedly said: “I think at the end of the day we end up with 53, 54 seats. If we can do that, then we can repeal and replace and change the ACA as we know it today.”

The Washington Examiner reports: Republicans hold a slight majority at 51 seats, with eight up for re-election or headed into retirement.

Heller, who is among those up for re-election, noted that last summer three GOP senators had voted with Democrats to oppose the legislation repealing portions of Obamacare. The senators were Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Lisa Murkowski, R-Ala., and John McCain, R-Ariz., and the efforts to repeal most of the law ultimately failed.

“We need 51 votes,” said Heller, who had gone back and forth on his support for repeal and replace measures during 2017. “And right now we know there’s three votes we’re missing for that 51: John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.”

Heller’s comments were reportedly made at the Nevada Republican Men’s Club in Las Vegas.

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