Tea Party Movement

Cautious Kansas Sen. Moran steps into health law spotlight

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran is nobody's idea of a rabble-rouser. A Republican stalwart with a low-key style and reputation for caution, his decision to publicly torpedo the latest Senate GOP plan to overhaul health care raised eyebrows.

The contrast is sharp between Moran and Utah's Sen. Mike Lee, the other senator who scuttled the Republican plan Monday night. Lee is a tea party favorite once willing to shut down the federal government to stymie former President Barack Obama's health care policies.

After Moran and Lee announced their opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell abandoned the bill and called for the Senate to repeal Obama's signature law without a...