McConnell Delays Vote On Health Care Bill Until After July 4


After the CBO report's release, he was joined by Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Susan Collins of ME and Mike Lee of Utah in saying they would refuse to bring the bill to the Senate floor.

And fellow conservative Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said he had "a hard time believing" he'd have enough information to back that motion this week.

Republican leaders in the Senate, determined to clear the issue off their agenda before a July Fourth recess, decided at mid-day not to force a procedural vote that would have allowed a final vote this week.

Manchin said Tuesday that numerous most vulnerable people would lose their coverage if it passes.

The CBO predicted that virtually no low-income people who now qualify for very low deductibles and co-pays will buy policies under the Senate proposal's regime, since their out-of-pocket costs would rise too high.

To move the Senate proposal ahead, 50 of the Senate's 52 Republican members must vote in favor of the bill, with Vice President Mike Pence delivering the tie-breaking vote. Placing a higher age tax on those over 50, forming (again) high risk pools, and pricing seniors out of medical insurance while offering pharmaceutical and insurance companies large tax breaks is not the change you need or voted for.

However, the fate of the measure is now in doubt.

Walking through a hallway, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn dropped the news that the Senate will hold a vote Wednesday on moving forward with the bill - a normally routine procedural move that now looks grim due to Republican intraparty division. While the Texas Republican hasn't said how he'll vote on the motion to proceed, he has been publicly opposed to the bill though open to negotiations. "They're very anxious to help, and we appreciate the invitation, and I hope all of our members will head down".

One of a handful of Republican senators opposing the Senate health care bill is headed to the White House to talk with President Donald Trump about the measure. That's largely because the penalty for not having health insurance - the Affordable Care Act's so-called individual mandate - would be eliminated. So it's quite possible that the Senate Republicans can rise from this week's setback.

Under Obamacare, subsidy payments are based on the price of the second-lowest cost silver plan in one's area.

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If passed and signed into law, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will decrease the federal deficit by more than $320 billion.

"This President is the first president in our history who has had neither political nor military experience", Collins added.

The GOP Senate bill cuts Medicaid expansion for low-income people, which will likely result in millions being uninsured unwillingly.

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.

The BCRA was seemingly hurt by Monday's score from the Congressional Budget Office, which concluded it's passage would leave at least 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance in 2026 than would have it if Obamacare remained in place.

Then in 2020, when the Senate health bill is scheduled to kick in, premiums will decline by 30 percent, the CBO estimated. And it would cut billions of dollars of government funding for the health care program for poor and disabled people over the next few years.

Earlier this month, McConnell spearheaded an effort to overhaul former President Obama's 2010 health care law. The Senate bill would repeal the tax in 2023.

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. "We'll see", he told CNN when asked whether he thought the bill would be taken up on the floor.

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