Lacking votes, Senate GOP delays vote on health care bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, D-Kty., has postponed the vote on the health care bill until after the August recess.

The bill rolling back much of President Barack Obama's health care law has been one of the party's top priorities for years, and the delay is a major embarrassment to Trump and McConnell.

Earlier today Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told ABC News: "I expect to have the support and get it done. and yes, we will vote this week".

"We're going to continue the discussions within our conference on the differences that we have that we're continuing to try to litigate", McConnell told reporters Tuesday afternoon. "We're still optimistic that we'll get there".

The delay comes one day after CBO's report Monday that the Senate GOP bill would leave 22 million more people uninsured, just shy of the 23 million more people the House GOP bill would leave uninsured.

As it is, the Senate bill would reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion over the next decade by cutting Medicaid spending and repealing or modifying taxes under the Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare, the nonpartisan CBO said. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) have said they, too, will likely oppose the procedural motion that allows debate on the bill to start.

It would let states ease Obama's requirements that insurers cover certain specified services like substance abuse treatments, and eliminate $700 billion worth of taxes over a decade, CBO said, largely on wealthier people and medical companies that Obama's law used to expand coverage.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would oppose that motion unless the bill was changed. Monthly premiums would be 74% higher overall in 2020, under the Senate bill, even after taking into account the premium subsidies.

Republicans can't afford more than two defections.

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The report prompted Senator Susan Collins, a Republican moderate, to say she could not support the Bill as it stands.

Trump says, "This will be great if we get it done and if we don't get it done it's going to be something that we're not going to like and that's OK and I can understand that."He adds, "I think we have a chance to do something very, very important for the public, very, very important for the people of our country".

Republican leaders in the Senate would like to have this all wrapped up by the Fourth of July recess.

The health-care measure could dramatically affect many Americans' health and financial security while also posing challenges to state governments facing proposed cuts in Medicaid coverage for low-income residents.

The Senate bill would hike health care bills in several ways.

It won't be enough of an incentive to get healthy people to pay higher premiums for insurance, she said.

Aides were seen scurrying around in the Capitol trying to buttonhole members and their key staff about where things now stand, with the idea being to have a menu of options ready for the Senate Republicans' weekly Tuesday lunch, according to two GOP aides. "I will say that I have so many fundamental problems with the bill that have been confirmed by the CBO report that it's hard for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the impact of the bill".

The report also claimed the Senate bill would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under ObamaCare, slightly fewer than the increase in the number of uninsured estimated for the House-passed legislation.

That's slightly better than the House GOP bill. Republicans often note that millions of Americans have opted to pay fines in lieu of signing up for coverage under the ACA. "As drafted, the Senate health care bill is not the right fix for West Virginia, and I can not support it".

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