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Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote

29 June 2017
Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote

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.

Lee was among four conservatives who announced last week that they were against the current version of the legislation. His spokesman, Conn Carroll, said Tuesday that Lee would not vote to commence debate on the bill "as it is now written", a roll call that's expected Wednesday.

The Bill's prospects were not helped by a Congressional Budget Office analysis on Monday saying it would cause 22 million Americans to lose insurance over the next decade, although it would reduce the federal deficit by US$321 billion (S$444.9 billion) over that period.

With Republicans only able afford the loss of two votes, the bill appeared to be teetering on the edge by lunchtime.

Cornyn, the Senate majority whip, is at the center of the vote-counting process and was bullish on the bill's prospects only hours before.

And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who remains undecided, said he was meeting privately Tuesday with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and McConnell.

The Senate will not vote this week on a Republican bill to overhaul the USA health insurance system despite continued pressure from conservative activists and the Trump administration to act.

"I will say I have so many fundamental problems with the bill, that have been confirmed by the CBO report, that it's hard for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the impact of the bill", Collins said. 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. But three GOP senators are threatening to vote against a procedural motion to begin debate, a vote expected Wednesday. She says she will vote no on the "motion to proceed".

Moderate Republicans, however, felt it went too far.

"It was abundantly clear that we didn't have air cover when it came to calls coming into lawmakers", Priebus said when Walsh joined the group. And that's banking on a tie-breaker from Vice President Mike Pence.

Capito and another moderate, Sen.

Others signaled that while they would vote yes on the procedural motion, they remained undecided on the bill itself.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he could not support the proposal as it now stands. White House chief of staff Reince Preibus and press secretary Sean Spicer were in the Capitol on Tuesday, as well. Dean Heller of Nevada, for instance, has already said he would oppose the bill in its current form.

The Senate bill would phase out that extra money Obama's law provides to 31 states that agreed to expand coverage under the federal-state Medicaid program.

"The Senate health care bill will be a disaster for CT", U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said in a statement.

The bill, which would roll back much of President Barack Obama's health care law, has been one of the party's top priorities for years, and the delay is a major embarrassment to Trump and McConnell. The Senate bill would repeal the tax this year. It has been the law for eight years that people can apply for exemptions from the health insurance requirement based on "certain hardships, some life events, health coverage or financial status, and membership in some groups", according to HealthCare.gov (Obamacare website).

Kasich has been highly critical nationally of the bill's cuts to Medicaid, which he says will harm America's most vulnerable citizens. These tax breaks will result in the increased premiums and out of pocket costs and the weakening of Medicare.