Portman bails on GOP's health care bill

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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 GOP, however, is aware it could only afford to lose two votes but six Republican senators said they will not support the legislation in its present form, Time reported.

The Congressional Budget Office released its study of the bill this week and said that if the bill passes 22-million people would lose health insurance coverage.

The highly anticipated CBO report comes ahead of an effort by Senate Republican leaders to push the bill toward a vote, perhaps as early as this week, before the July 4 recess. Moderate Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday he'd oppose the procedural motion without alterations. He's been aiming at winning Senate passage this week, before a weeklong July 4 recess that leaders worry opponents will use to weaken support for the legislation. Susan Collins, who has strongly opposed the legislation.

"I'm extremely anxious about what the consequences for hundreds of thousands of people here in the Commonwealth of Mass. would be", said Governor Charlie Baker, (D) MA.

While Democrats are largely touting the delay of this vote as a win, many Republicans are still displaying optimism that they can get a quality bill passed.

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He said the GOP must pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare because Republicans will receive no help from Democrats . Separately, President Donald Trump has invited all GOP senators to the White House Tuesday afternoon for a powwow.

Leaders had hoped to wrap up a vote before leaving for the break.

On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office "scored" - or estimated the cost - of the bill. "This is big stuff, and so making sure that we get it right is something that I have said is an imperative", Murkowski told CNN in an interview on Monday.

After the vote was delayed, three Republican senators - Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia - announced opposition to the current bill.

The measure was facing significant opposition by moderate Republicans, who were concerned over the effect of the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Medicaid and a less-than-favorable report by the CBO.

Several Republican senators, including Sen.

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This is not President Trump's bill and he wants to begin the process of seeing if there will be a chance to recraft the bill that lines up more with his vision of health care.

The bill "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", West Virginia U.S. Sen.

And now, disgruntled centrist and conservative GOP senators are forcing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to scramble to rescue the measure before debate even begins.

Democrats, as a party whole, are seeking to capitalize on what they believe is growing public sentiment that President Donald Trump is turning his back on the people who got him elected in favor of his wealthy peers, labeling the proposed Senate plan as "wealthcare" for their springboard.

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