Vote on Senate health care bill delayed amid lack of support

The Latest: Lacking votes, Senate GOP delay health care vote

After days of arm-twisting, Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday essentially conceded that they had not secured the votes to move forward on a massive overhaul of the American health care system and would pick up the issue again in July.

Trump accused Democrats of "saying all sorts of things before they even knew what the bill was", referring to Senate Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill, which was written in secret for weeks and released Thursday in anticipation of an expected vote this week. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moves the bill in that direction, he risks losing conservative members of his conference.

"We're not there yet, but I believe we can get there", he added.

After the Congressional Budget Office released its score of the bill yesterday, which predicted that 22 million people will lose coverage if the Senate bill becomes law, Collins tweeted her opposition.

McConnell hoped to bring the Better Care Reconciliation Act to the Senate floor for debate and a vote this week, so public outcry during next week's congressional holiday wouldn't weaken senators' resolve to repeal the ACA. The president confirmed reports last week that he had privately criticized the House version of the health care bill as "mean", even though he invited Ryan and members of the House GOP leadership over to the White House Rose Garden for a celebration after it passed.

Moderate Republicans, however, felt it went too far.

Moderates like Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said she would vote no.

Barrasso said covering childless adults gets away from Medicaid's original goal and that states need the flexibility to design their own programs.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would oppose that motion unless the bill was changed.

It would allow people up to age 26 to remain on their parents' plans, and it would bar insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. At the same time, if enrollees purchased the less generous bronze plan, they would likely pay less in premiums but much more in out-of-pocket costs, including co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles.

The health care law allowed New Jersey and other states to expand Medicaid coverage, but both the House and Senate Republican measures would cut off the extra federal funds those states now receive.

But he and his working group did literally hide the bill from Democrats and most Republicans, crafting it behind closed doors until there was just a week left before his goal to secure a vote on it. "I wouldn't count McConnell out yet". "He wanted to talk to all of us together today, and I think that's helpful".

Because West Virginia chose to expand coverage through Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law, many people in the state have come to rely on the health coverage and access to substance abuse treatment it provides, even as others with private insurance face skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, she said.

The Senate bill would hike health care bills in several ways. That's largely because the penalty for not having health insurance - the Affordable Care Act's so-called individual mandate - would be eliminated.

"Unfortunately, the Senate draft falls short and therefore I can not support it in its current form", Portman said.

The CBO noted in its report that, under the GOP Senate bill, the subsidies that people use to buy insurance with would be "substantially smaller than under current law", reports The New York Times.

As a result, most Obamacare enrollees would pay higher premiums for the benchmark silver plan under the Senate bill than under the current law, according to a non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.

That's slightly better than the House GOP bill.

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