Short Of Votes, Republicans Delay US Health Care Vote In Senate


In a follow-up tweet, he wrote; "I just finished a great meeting with the Republican Senators concerning Healthcare". "We're optimistic we're going to get to a result that is better than the status quo". I think the meeting was very helpful. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) performs in the spotlight.

Trump's decision to meet with all Republican senators after the bill was pulled underscores his determination to get something done. "But we're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place" to vote for the measure, McConnell said.

Republicans need at least 50 of their 50 members to support the bill and force a tie, which would then pave the way for Vice President Mike Pence, also a Republican, to cast the deciding vote. 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.

Earlier Tuesday, Capito said she is "concerned with the bill in its present form", but she did not say how she would vote. Under the Senate bill, that person would pay $6,500, partly because insurers would be able to charge older adults more. Republican leaders have two "no" votes to divvy up and pass a version of this bill.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office weighed in on the Senate health care bill on Monday, saying that 22 million people would lose health coverage in the next 10 years under the Senate's plan.

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In both the House and Senate, divides have emerged between moderate Republicans who want to preserve the federal safety net for health care and ultraconservatives who want to reduce it.

Bennet agreed with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's description of the proposal as "Obamacare Light", and says that if Coloradans don't like the current law, it is his opinion they won't like the bill, either.

In a recent Deseret News op-ed, Hatch said the Senate bill makes a "powerful statement" and "assures that Utahns get a fair shake", and he noted that "significant legislation requires compromise".

But the serious negotiating has yet to begin.

CBO said that under the bill, most insurance markets around the country would be stable before 2020.

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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. Twenty-one percent of Republicans oppose the bill and just 35 percent support it. Sixty-eight percent of independents also oppose the proposed legislation.

"McConnell is going to relentlessly work all recess to cobble together 50 votes", Senator Chris Murphy of CT wrote on Twitter.

Well, Drew Altman, the president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, has been grappling with questions like those for years, and he joins us to talk about them now. He said Tuesday afternoon he would delay a vote while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes.

"We can't do all that in 48 hours", said Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Among Republicans, Trump wouldn't bear the brunt of the blame if Congress is unable to repeal and replace Obamacare. As of April, more than 70 million Americans were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to government data.

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The Senate legislation would drastically cut Medicaid beginning in 2025, phase out Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, repeal most of the law's taxes, end a penalty on Americans who do not obtain insurance and overhaul Obamacare's subsidies to help people buy insurance with tax credits.