Lacking votes, Senate GOP delay health care vote

Mitch McConnell

Updated at 1:52 p.m. ET: From The Associated Press: "Lacking votes, Senate GOP leaders abruptly delay vote on health care bill until after July 4th recess".

Moderate Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska welcomed the delay, telling reporters as she left the luncheon, "I think that was an important step".

"I certainly hope upon further examination I'll conclude all the positive things I've highlighted here are enough to persuade me and others to get to yes", Young said last Thursday.

It is possible that McConnell pulls a rabbit out of his hat and gets to 50 votes, but it much more likely that if he puts this bill on the floor, it will be blocked by more than a few votes.

"We're going to continue discussion in our conference", McConnell told reporters.

Lee deserves credit, Matheson said, for "standing up for the hardworking Utahn, the one who's not getting anything out of the current bill". He's been aiming at winning Senate passage this week, before a weeklong July 4 recess that leaders worry opponents will use to weaken support for the legislation.

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. Only then will Trumpcare supporters recognize how nonsensical this bill really is.

As for the disagreement on health care with his colleague from the commonwealth of Kentucky, Paul said he understood the competing priorities of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"You don't want to bring something up unless you know you have the votes to pass it".

The legislation would advance a repeal of major elements of Obamacare and replace it with a new federal healthcare program.

Trump spoke with several senators over the weekend, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday, including Paul, Sens.

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

The Wisconsin Republican said he has every expectation that the Senate will move ahead on the bill, which the Congressional Budget Office says would kick 22 million off the insurance rolls.

"At least five Senate Republicans-moderate Sens".

Among their reasons for withdrawal of support is the release on Monday by the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office of a report that 23 million people stand to lose their health insurance with the repeal, The New York Daily News reported.

Those rebels were just part of McConnell's problem.

Some cited concerns with the bill, while others said they felt like the vote was being rushed. The CBO estimated that, under the Senate proposal, 22 million Americans would their health insurance coverage by 2026.

The bill would, however, reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion - mainly by instituting deep cuts to Medicaid, a government program meant to provide health care to Americans with low-incomes.

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