Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote

President Donald Trump listens in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Monday

The earliest the Senate could consider voting on the legislation is after the July 4 recess, though the future of the plan in general remains in question.

The health care law allowed New Jersey and other states to expand Medicaid coverage, but both the House and Senate Republican measures would cut off the extra federal funds those states now receive. His spokesman, Conn Carroll, said Tuesday that Lee would not vote to commence debate on the bill "as it is now written".

House Speaker Paul Ryan asserted on June 27 that 22 million people, whom the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates would lose their health care under the GOP Senate plan by 2026, will choose not to buy health insurance because they won't be required to (video below).

At a press briefing in a Senate hallway, McConnell said Republican leaders and President Donald Trump were "still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place".

"Rates are going up, and in fact it's very interesting, Lisa, that you're sitting next to me, because in Alaska it was 206 percent", Trump told Sen.

In order to pass the health care bill through the Senate, Republicans can afford only two defections; in case of a tie, they have the option of calling in Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote.

A nonpartisan CBO report released Monday estimated that the repercussions of the new bill would be devastating. But three GOP senators are threatening to vote against a procedural motion to begin debate, a vote expected Wednesday.

"A vote this week would have been rushed", said Sen. Should the Senate pass the bill, Ryan argued, the House will get their chance, one way or another, to weigh in.

"We know what everyone needs", the aide said.

Capito and another moderate, Sen. 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.

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Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would oppose that motion unless the bill was changed. That infuriated McConnell, who called White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to label the attacks "beyond stupid". Dean Heller, who is vulnerable in next year's midterms, to denounce the legislation last Friday; Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich held an event at the National Press Club Tuesday to criticize it.

The number of uninsured was just one million less than the House's CBO figure.

Shortly thereafter, America First Policies said it made a decision to take down its Heller ads because "he has chose to come back to the table to negotiate with his colleagues on the Senate bill", spokeswoman Erin Montgomery said.

In one example, the report says that in 2026 under Obama's law, a 64-year-old earning $26,500 would pay premiums amounting to $1,700 a year, after subsidies.

"Plain and simple-the Senate Republican version of Trumpcare is a greater disaster for the people of CT than the version passed by House Republicans".

So, it's not that people are getting pushed off a plan, it's that people will choose not to buy something that they don't like or want.

Barrasso said covering childless adults gets away from Medicaid's original objective and that states need the flexibility to design their own programs.

The bill would, however, reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion - mainly by instituting deep cuts to Medicaid, a government program meant to provide health care to Americans with low-incomes. Moderate senators worry that millions of people would lose their insurance.

"Absent these reasonable changes to drive down the cost of premiums and provide consumers with more choices and more freedom, the Club for Growth will oppose the 'Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, '" McIntosh said. It said that similar to the House bill, average premiums around the country would be higher over the next two years - including about 20 percent higher in 2018 than under Obama's statute - but lower beginning in 2020.

"And while it's hard to imagine, in some ways the Senate's legislation would make our nation's failing healthcare system worse", he said.

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