Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had hoped to bring the plan to a vote before the July 4 recess, but made a decision to delay the process after at least five Republican senators said they would vote against beginning debate on the bill, according to The Associated Press.
The House could try to vote after the Senate to push the bill and get it to President Donald Trump before the weeklong July 4th recess.
Senate Republicans need to convince a handful of their colleagues to vote for the healthcare bill as is or rewrite parts of it to get the support it needs to pass. They need at least 50 votes for passage, as Vice President Mike Pence would break the tie in favour of the measure.
Three of the GOP senators disclosed their opposition to the plan after McConnell’s announcement. I think their coverage numbers – there’s more to the story than the number implies. “I certainly wasn’t ready”.
Capito had previously said she was reviewing and working to improve the proposed legislation.
Representative Massie suggests leadership take their time, possibly two more years, to get it right. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. “We’re actually close to an agreement, but there are some important differences remaining”.
Instead of voting this week, senators will hold off and do so instead after they return from the July 4 recess.
For states like MI with Medicaid expansion, the Senate bill would reduce federal funding starting in 2021.
The bill’s prospects were not helped by an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Monday saying the measure would cause 22 million Americans to lose medical insurance over the next decade.
Several other members have been skeptical or quiet about the bill, including Sen. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters, “We know the fight is not over”.
There, the bill faces a procedural step called a “Motion to Proceed” that allows the Senate to begin debate on the legislation.
“It’s hard to see how tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental concerns about the bill”, Senator Susan Collins, a Republican moderate from the state of ME, told reporters.
In a statement last week, Moran said that he was still reviewing the bill and wanted to see the CBO score before announcing his position. Susan Collins and Dean Heller and conservative Sens.
There were two factions of dissenting Senate Republicans, with one side citing concern about how the BCRA would impact their constituents and the other accusing the bill of not going far enough to repeal the ACA.
The Senate plan would end the tax penalty the law imposes on people who do not buy insurance, in effect erasing Mr Obama’s so-called individual mandate, and on larger businesses that do not offer coverage to workers.
Senators from states that expanded the Medicaid program – and Senator Susan Collins, Republican of ME – would not brook many of those changes, especially the measure to severely undermine protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. It would also decrease the number of Medicaid enrollees by 15 million.
But the office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase out of pocket costs for deductibles and copayments.
That is because standard policies would be skimpier than now offered under Mr Obama’s law, covering a smaller share of expected medical costs.
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