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Republicans delay Senate healthcare vote

28 June 2017

Photo Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, announced on Tuesday that he would delay a vote on his legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The senators had not explicitly stated their opposition prior to McConnell's decision to delay the bill.

If McConnell manages to get the bill through the Senate, it will be sent back to the House where it will likely face another set of challenges. "This is more than just about health care, as important as that is".

"I think we can get 50 votes to yes by the end of the week", Republican Senator Roger Wicker said after the White House meeting. Most wore grim expressions.

The CBO also said the GOP plan would save $188 billion (which would normally go for Americans' health care), and so McConnell is trying to use those billions to entice hold-out senators to support the GOP bill, notes POLITICO.

The bill has many critics and few outspoken fans on Capitol Hill.

Trump, however, has been greatly optimistic about the Senate's efforts on the new bill.

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Republican senators went to the White House later in the afternoon to talk with President Trump about the status of the bill.

Party leaders had hoped to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote this week, ahead of the July 4 recess. Supporters of the bill highlighted the CBO conclusion that it would save $321 billion off deficits. Lisa Murkowski, noted her state saw a 206 percent increase in rates since the Affordable Care Act's implementation.

Moderate Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday he'd oppose the procedural motion without alterations.

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

Democrats remained united in opposition, blasting the Senate bill as a tax break for the wealthy. He had lunch with Rand Paul today.

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Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana also said he is waiting to hear from leaders about revisions before deciding how he'll vote. Trump told a gathering of Senate Republicans.

But McConnell is finding it hard to satisfy demands from his diverse caucus.

A report issued Monday by the Congressional Budget Office estimated that if the Republican bill was enacted, 22 million fewer Americans would have health care coverage over the coming decade and that some Americans would have to pay more for the same level of coverage they now possess.

McConnell said. The announcement comes after the Congressional Budget Office reported that 22 million people would lose health coverage under the plan. So we're gonna watch this bill and all the machinations, behind closed doors as they might be, like a hawk.

Malloy's budget office said the cuts to Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, and other changes would initially mean the loss of $21.4 million over the next two fiscal years, less than the version the House approved last month.

Passing the measure would be a win for Trump as he seeks to shift attention after weeks of questions over Russia's role in last year's USA presidential election. "Consequently, we will not be on the bill this week, but we're still working toward getting 50 people in a comfortable place", he said. Weeks ago, House Republicans scrapped the American Health Care Act without even a vote because they didn't have the support to get it passed. It revokes in 2020 the requirement that providers cover essential health benefits, one of which is substance abuse services.

It would cut Medicaid, which provides health insurance to over 70 million poor and disabled people, by $772 billion through 2026 by capping its overall spending and phasing out Obama's expansion of the program.

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CBO estimates that seven million people who buy individual insurance would lose coverage over the next decade, as compared to current law.