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

Republicans delay vote on health-care bill

Republicans delay vote on health-care bill

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponed this week's vote on the GOP's health care reform bill amid faltering support, the next step depends on which of a handful of competing options GOP leaders pursue.

Senate Republicans have delayed their plans to vote on their newest Trumpcare bill because they now realize what many knew when GOP leaders locked themselves into a room to craft this deadweight anchor of a bill: It's trash.

McConnell needs at least 50 Republicans on board to pass the bill (Vice President Pence can be the 51st vote), which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says will cause 22 million Americans to lose their health care by 2020 by cutting Medicaid and individual subsidies to buy insurance.

"As I think you may have already heard, we're going to continue the discussions in our conference on the differences we have", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday afternoon.

Republican senators are headed to the White House Tuesday afternoon to talk to President Donald Trump about the future of the bill. Moderate Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday he'd oppose the procedural motion without alterations. Reconciliation does not allow for a filibuster, so a senator could not delay a vote on the bill indefinitely.

Instead of voting this week, senators will hold off and do so instead after they return from the July 4 recess.

Lee was among four conservative senators who announced last week they oppose the bill's current version.

"I'm extremely anxious about what the consequences for hundreds of thousands of people here in the Commonwealth of Mass. would be", said Governor Charlie Baker, (D) MA.

"I have so many fundamental problems with the bill that have been confirmed by the CBO report that it's hard to see how any tinkering can address my fundamental and deep concerns", Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), a moderate and a confirmed no vote, told reporters after meeting with her fellow Republicans on Tuesday. The New York Democrat has labeled the measure a massive tax break for the rich and said billionaire Steve Wynn was at the GOP's lunch meeting where the vote was scrapped.

That's the word Tuesday as the GOP faced five defections from its ranks just hours after the Congressional Budget Office said the bill would force 22 million off insurance rolls. He argued that the bill is "fundamentally flawed" regardless of the tweaks Republicans make.

We're talking about average American working people, they're talking about multi-billionaires, that's why they're in such trouble. because their bill is aimed at helping the very wealthy, whereas, we are trying to help American families.

After the vote was delayed, three Republican senators - Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia - announced opposition to the current bill.

One conservative senator that Trump reached out to Monday was GOP Sen.

The Senate bill's largest savings would come from reductions in spending for Medicaid, the government-run insurance program for lower-income Americans, which would drop 26 percent over the next decade compared with current law, the CBO said.

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