Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on Tuesday delayed a vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act after defections and opposition from moderates and conservatives appeared to doom the Republican majority leader’s plan.
Collins, a moderate Republican, is the sixth GOP senator to come out against the legislation.
Also at the Capitol Tuesday was Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who was scheduled to hold meetings with Pence, McConnell and Sen. Heller himself raised the issue with Trump, a source said.
“By sitting in, by sitting down, you’re really standing up”, Lewis said.
He’ll have just a couple weeks to rally support.
After Congress returns from the bank holiday, there will be a two-week window before the summer break.
According to CNN, McConnell wants to make changes to the bill and get a new CBO score before holding a vote.
Senate Republicans have postponed their plans to vote on repealing Obamacare till after the Fourth of July recess, after encountering strong resistance from moderate and conservative Republicans to even debate on the bill.
“Look, there’s more work that needs to be done”. “If there’s more work to be done, you shouldn’t try to light the fire before it’s ready to be lit”.
“We’re not there yet, but I believe we can get there”, he added. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee. “Not frustration, but you know that there’s nearly no way for the questions that you have to be legitimately answered”. The legislation would repeal major elements of Obamacare and shrink the Medicaid government healthcare program for the poor.
JUDY WOODRUFF: So, given all that, what is it going to take to get them to 50 votes?
The extra time will be appreciated by nervous senators. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said she had not gotten to a “yes” vote yet and wanted to learn more about the bill’s potential effects on her state. Asked if the legislation could ever attract enough support, she said, “I don’t know”. He can afford to lose only two GOP votes and still put the bill up for consideration, not to mention pass it. So it’s quite possible that the Senate Republicans can rise from this week’s setback.
“So for all of those reasons, we need to come up with a solution”. Having said that, it’s important that we have a referee.
The GOP health care bill could have a detrimental impact on millions of lives in many different ways, as the CBO report revealed. The same may yet happen to the Senate’s attempt at rewriting a law that governs one-sixth of the American economy.
“It was Mitch’s. Definitely Mitch”, Corker said. “And we’re working hard to do that”.
It isn’t clear what McConnell’s next move will be.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME, a key moderate vote in the Republican conference, tweeted on Monday night that given its potential effects, she would not vote for the legislation – or even a motion to move it forward on the floor.
On June 27, the Senate Majority Leader, Republican Sen. While various GOP Senators said they opposed the Republican health plan, they also included the caveat that they don’t like the way it is right now.
The Senate version of the health care bill would roll back the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, end the individual and employer mandates under Obamacare, and potentially allow insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions far higher premiums.
The bill has many critics and few outspoken fans on Capitol Hill. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that some of the 22 million people would willingly lose their insurance because they would no longer be required by law to have health insurance.
Senate Democrats hardly celebrated the news of the vote delay.
In a call with West Virginia press Tuesday, Manchin said if the president thinks the House bill had no heart, then the Senate bill has no soul.
In July 2009, the House marked up the ACA in committee for a month, with 160 amendments proposed by GOP lawmakers included.
Conservative Republicans including Sens.
“This bill was so bad for their constituencies that they fought it”, the NY senator said. McConnell is not going to give up. “And if we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like”.