US Republicans, facing health care revolt, delay Senate vote


At least five Republican senators said they had opposed the procedural vote on the GOP health care plan, effectively blocking the bill from reaching the Senate floor.

Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul Tuesday, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts about whether President Donald Trump and the Republicans will ever deliver on their promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare". He told me he hadn't read it yet.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the U.S. Capitol on June 20. "I need to understand really what we're talking about, with some of the conclusions that we saw yesterday with the CBO score", she told MSNBC.

Senate leaders hope to continue talks this week, with an eye toward moving quickly when Congress returns after the holiday. But that same poll showed that 71 percent of Republicans support repealing the Affordable Care Act, and it would be risky for the GOP to head into the 2018 midterms having failed their base on that pledge.

"It's a conversation, and we haven't finished our conversation", he said as he entered a Capitol elevator.

"The amount of money set aside by BCRA for treatment of the disease of addiction is no better than pocket change", the American College of Emergency Physicians said in a statement. "And I'm announcing today that in this form, I simply will not support it".

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Health care represents about one-sixth of the American economy.

The House bill to replace Obamacare also was held back from a vote before being revamped and passed through the more conservative chamber.

Last week, Blunt said he will "carefully review the final legislation with a focus on how it will help address the problems Missourians are facing under Obamacare".

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are fellow moderates who've raised concerns about the Senate health bill for a variety of reasons.

The American Medical Association has come out strongly against this proposal and it is about time we all expressed our outrage at this ill-conceived and yes, "mean", plan. "As drafted, this bill will not ensure access to affordable health care in West Virginia, 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".

That means getting back to so numerous insurance market reforms Republicans have said they've supported for years like allowing companies to sell insurance over state lines, allowing all kinds of bare-boned "major medical" plans to be sold everywhere, and expanding tax-free health spending accounts. She's always been a question mark on how she would vote on the bill, and she told CNN Tuesday morning that she's "concerned about the bill in the form that it is now".

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Erin Montgomery, a spokesperson for the group, said, "America First Policies is pleased to learn that Senator Dean Heller has made a decision to come back to the table to negotiate with his colleagues on the Senate bill".

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would oppose the motion to open debate unless the bill was changed.

"We were as much somber as celebratory because we know we're going to have a fight when we get back".

The president had similarly intervened in March after House Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to pull the first version of that chamber's plan.

Several other members have been skeptical or quiet about the bill, including Sen.

In July 2009, the House marked up the ACA in committee for a month, with 160 amendments proposed by GOP lawmakers included.

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Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, the only Senate Republican up for re-election next year in a state Hillary Clinton won, surprised Senate GOP leaders by coming out hard against the health legislation at a news conference Friday.