McConnell delays vote on health care bill until after July 4 recess
Jun 28 2017 by Larry Hoffman
The highly anticipated CBO report comes ahead of an effort by Senate Republican leaders to push the bill toward a vote, perhaps as early as this week, before the July 4 recess.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on Tuesday delayed a vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act after defections and opposition from moderates and conservatives appeared to doom the Republican majority leader's plan.
The news followed a bustling morning in the Capitol, where Republican leaders, along with Pence, were meeting behind closed doors with the bill's opponents, as a number of senators came out against voting for a procedural step to advance their plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"I have studied the draft legislation and Congressional Budget Office analysis to understand its impact on West Virginians", Capito said in a statement.
If the Senate passes a bill, it will either have to be approved by the House, which passed its own version last month, or the two chambers would reconcile their differences in a conference committee.
Senate GOP leadership had not given up hope as of Monday night, hoping to alleviate members concerns and at the very least clear the motion to proceed.
However, the fate of the Senate measure remains in doubt, with five GOP legislators going on record last week that they can not support the bill as written. "I think this is a good decision", said Sen.
"We know what everyone needs", the aide said.
In one illustration, an outside political group run by Trump allies has run ads against Heller and threatens more against other GOP senators opposed to the bill. So it's quite possible that the Senate Republicans can rise from this week's setback.
Our health care system is enormously complex; it has no simple, fast-track fix.
"His calculation is that he can spend next week or so trying to figure out how to bring some of these recalcitrant Republicans on board and there's a reason why you don't want to bet against him", Manley said.
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Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are fellow moderates who've raised concerns about the Senate health bill for a variety of reasons.
In his interview with CNN'sAna Cabrera, Paul railed against the Senate GOP's bill for numerous things, such as allowing people to purchase health care after they get sick, and the burden of responsibility for younger people due to increased regulations on what the policies will be required to cover, explained the Blaze.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) is up for reelection in 2020, around the time the Senate health-care bill would phase out federal support for millions insured by the ACA's Medicaid expansion. She's always been a question mark on how she would vote on the bill, and she toldCNN Tuesday morning that she's "concerned about the bill in the form that it is now".
No matter where it goes, the end result is that the bill will save nothing, but cost a lot for both the 22 million who lose health care and the many millions more who get worse, more expensive health care.
Conservatives say the bill does not go far enough, and would retain too heavy a burden on government coffers.
Leaders had been pressing hard for a vote before the holiday. "We're going to tell them, 'You have to keep it up.' Complacency is not something that we can countenance".
Ryan's point was that given the current state of play, it's not helpful for anyone in the House to come out and attack or criticize elements of the bill.
Several other members have been skeptical or quiet about the bill, including Sen.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) with Democratic Sens.
Paul met with President Trump Tuesday afternoon, and said the president is willing to work on the bill.