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

McConnell delays vote on health care bill until after July 4 recess

McConnell delays vote on health care bill until after July 4 recess

With the Senate bill delayed until after the July 4 congressional recess, the timeline of the effort - and the overall viability of a years-long bid to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) in favor of a Republican replacement - was thrown into question.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky emerged with the updated plans from a lunch with other GOP senators, along with the news that the chamber's Republicans were headed to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

"It makes me more concerned", Cassidy told CNN. It'll be dealt with in one of two ways: "Either Republicans will agree and change the status quo; or markets will continue to collapse and we'll have to sit down with Senator Schumer", he said, referring to the Senate Democratic leader.

"I have studied the draft legislation and Congressional Budget Office analysis to understand its impact on West Virginians", Capito said in a statement.

The decision Tuesday to delay the vote planned for this week follows announcements by at least five Republicans that they'll vote to block Senate debate on the current version of the bill. "The bill's defenders will say it repeals Obamacare's taxes and reduces Medicaid spending growth. I will vote no on mtp", Collins tweeted Monday.

We've said it before, we'll say it again ... Some say they were anxious that this meeting today would be one where he makes Republicans feel better, but actually doesn't do anything to change this bill.

Republican leadership targeted a late Tuesday or early Wednesday vote on the motion to proceed in order to get a final vote by the end of the week. So it's quite possible that the Senate Republicans can rise from this week's setback. We deserve and demand a health care system that is not subject to partisan politics or the dictates of few ill- informed executives or lawmakers.

The Maine senator said she wishes Trump had attempted to pass legislation on issues that could have bipartisan support - like infrastructure - before trying to tackle "a politically divisive and technically complex issue like health care". He celebrated the House bill then said it was mean.

The report prompted Senator Susan Collins, a Republican moderate, to say she could not support the bill as it stands.

"So for all of those reasons, we need to come up with a solution".

Republicans over the weekend had been scrambling to reach out to their state officials and try to analyze the effect the Senate health care bill was going to have.

Capito said she's "consistently looked for opportunities to improve" Obamacare and says she still believes Congress needs to "scrap what is not working and create a better health care reality" for her constituents. Roberts supported the bill and he said he's open to "further improvements". "The American people elected us to do that, and we're working hard to get there".

The budget office report said the Senate bill's coverage losses would especially affect people between ages 50 and 64, before they qualify for Medicare, and with incomes below 200 percent of poverty level, or around $30,300 for an individual. That will perform the medical miracle of making things not only politically easier for the GOP, but actually achieving something that will do some good for the rest of the country too. "We're continuing to talk".

Over on the House side, Speaker Paul Ryan urged his members in a closed door session to give their Senate colleagues some space, according to a person in the room.

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER, D-N.Y., Minority Leader: If our Republican colleagues stick to this base bill, which so hurts working families, which so benefits multimillionaires, and them nearly alone, we're going to fight the bill tooth and nail.

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