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

Republicans Postpone Vote on Obamacare Replacement

Republicans Postpone Vote on Obamacare Replacement

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged he did not have the votes, after a non-partisan forecast projected the bill would swell the ranks of the uninsured by 22 million by 2026, as compared to current law.

After meeting with Trump, McConnell warned that "the status quo is simply unsustainable" and said Republicans have two options.

Because Louisiana didn't expand its Medicaid rolls until July 2016, the state doesn't have the same history as other states, therefore would receive far less money under the proposed formula.

President Donald Trump, who has been largely disengaged in the Senate's healthcare battle - though an allied group is running ads critical of one Senate holdout - jumped in in dramatic fashion on Tuesday, hosting Senate Republicans at the White House. We love you very much.

"We are going to talk", Trump told reporters during the meeting. The stakes are high and some senators have already said they can not see themselves being swayed.

And this bill is a very traditional conservative Republican product. Since the Republican Senate is marching lock step with the House and both Gianforte and Daines have said they want input from Montanans, call them and insist that they vote against the Republican health care proposals in the House and Senate.

Senate Republicans crafted their bill behind closed doors, irking some Republicans as well as Democrats who got their first glimpse of the measure on June 22.

At least five Republican senators - conservatives and moderates - have said they would vote against even beginning debate, and the bill would be derailed if just three of the 52 Republican senators voted against it. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it.

But it would balloon out-of-pocket medical expenses for the working poor and those age 50 to 64.

"As drafted, this bill will not ensure access to affordable health care in West Virginia, does not do enough to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating my state, cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply, and harms rural health care providers", Capito's portion of the statement said. "This is more than just about health care, as important as that is".

"We're going to press on", said McConnell. Moderates say they can't vote for a bill that would see the number of uninsured Americans balloon to pre-Obamacare levels.

"It's the biggest signature issue we have".

The future of health care in MA remains uncertain as Washington Republicans inch closer to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Republicans now have a majority in the Senate, as they hold 52 seats. They need at least 50 votes for passage, as Vice-President Mike Pence would break the tie in favour of the measure. Now is the time for Senators to work together in a bipartisan manner to make reforms to the healthcare system that will stabilize the individual market and help make health care more accessible and affordable for Hoosiers.

"With numbers like these, it's not surprising the Republican leadership in Congress is having a hard time building consensus", said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

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