Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

CHART: CBO Weighs Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

CHART: CBO Weighs Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

But while Inhofe was ready to vote for the GOP bill, more than enough GOP Senators were not - and with only two votes to spare, the Republicans had to change tactics.

The Senate Republican healthcare bill ran into serious trouble late Monday when key GOP senators indicated they may block the Obamacare overhaul from proceeding to a vote this week.

"Consequently, we will not be on the bill this week, but we're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Trump was his boosterish self at the meeting with Republican senators this afternoon, but he knows and cares so little about the details that I'm told he would agree with whatever was said, even if senators were directly contradicting one another. The association doubled its Nevada ad buy after pro-Trump group America First Policies announced an ad campaign criticizing Heller's stance.

Indiana's Republican Senator Todd Young also has yet to publicly say whether he would vote for the bill as is.

Still, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters, "I would not bet against Mitch McConnell". Senate leaders could use some of those savings to attract moderate support by making Medicaid and other provisions in their measure more generous, though conservatives would prefer using that money to reduce federal deficits.

The White House remains "very confident" about prospects for the bill, spokesman Sean Spicer said ahead of the report's release.

The health bill that seeks to replace Obamacare could come up for a vote in the Senate before a July 4 recess. "Obamacare is melting down", Trump said at the beginning of the afternoon meeting in the East Room.

According to the CBO report, the Senate bill would result in 49 million people lacking health coverage by 2026 - 22 million more than would have been uninsured under Obamacare.

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. Reconciliation does not allow for a filibuster, so a senator could not delay a vote on the bill indefinitely.

Congress' nonpartisan budget referee says the Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared to President Barack Obama's law.

Democrats said they're planning to keep up the fight against the Republican legislation.

"Vote after break. McConnell wants to win".

Before the Senate can begin debate on most legislation, the senators must either unanimously agree to consider it or the majority leader must offer a "motion to proceed" to consideration of that bill.

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 have to reconcile their differences in a conference committee.

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