Lacking votes, Senate GOP delays vote on health care bill

Lacking votes, Senate GOP delays vote on health care bill

Senate leaders put off a vote on the Republicans' health-care bill until after the July 4 recess amid growing opposition from GOP members to the plan drafted in secret by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Collins has said she is considering a run for ME governor next year.

"I don't have enough data in terms of the impact to my state to be able to vote in the affirmative".

The budget office report said the Senate bill's coverage losses would especially affect people between ages 50 and 64, before they qualify for Medicare, and with incomes below 200 percent of poverty level, or around $30,300 for an individual.

At a White House meeting with GOP senators later Tuesday, Trump shrugged off the delay and said "we're getting very close" to striking a deal despite the disagreements. "We've got a lot of discussions going on, and we're still optimistic we're going to get there".

Lee was among four conservative senators who announced last week they oppose the bill's current version.

Utahns want to see changes to former President Barack Obama's signature health care law, Perry said, but it remains to be seen whether they are more in agreement with Hatch or Lee.

He said it is a "lie" that the bill would lower health care premiums.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tweeted about his visit, saying he was: "Headed to meet with @realDonaldTrump this afternoon".

Corker also stated that it was "very wise" of McConnell to move the vote back.

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After the bill was made publicly available Thursday, Gardner told reporters, "We need to learn more and get the information and numbers behind it.That's not a no".

The group of Republican senators boarded buses and motored to the White House for the 4 p.m. meeting - at which the president talked about getting more aggressive in getting the Affordable Care Act replaced with something else.

The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026, according to projections of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

"Either Republicans will agree and change the status quo, or markets will continue to collapse and we'll have to sit down with Sen".

The delay showed Senator McConnell and Mr Trump have failed so far to attract enough votes amid a solid block of Democratic opposition and attacks from both moderate and conservative Republican senators.

"There isn't anything in this bill that would lower premiums", Heller said.

Those rebels were just part of McConnell's problem.

"I continue to have real concerns about the Medicaid policies in this bill, especially those that impact drug treatment at a time when OH is facing an opioid epidemic", he said in a joint statement with Capito.

The Senate bill would phase out that extra money Obama's law provides to 31 states that agreed to expand coverage under the federal-state Medicaid program. That's because standard policies would be skimpier than now offered under Obama's law, covering a smaller share of expected medical costs.