Senate GOP shelves health bill, imperils 'Obamacare' repeal

Senate Republicans unveil a revised health care bill in hopes of securing support from wavering GOP lawmakers including

Senate "majority" leader Mitch McConnell has delayed a vote on the partial repeal measure until after the July 4 congressional recess - a move generally perceived as an admission that the "Republican" leadership simply lacked the votes in the Senate to move forward with this priority agenda item.

Three Republican senators announced their opposition to the current draft of the Senate health care bill Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a decision to delay a vote on the plan until after the July 4 recess. He told me he hadn't read it yet. Yet conservatives were unhappy that it didn't do enough to dismantle Obama's law and lower premiums by repealing coverage requirements, leaving McConnell with little margin for error - the bill fails if three of the 52 GOP senators vote no.

"I have studied the draft legislation and Congressional Budget Office analysis to understand its impact on West Virginians", Capito said in a statement. I don't know how likely it is that Republicans can pass a health care bill anyway, but there's not much question that Trump is making it harder thanks to his bottomless ignorance of both policy and politics.

Senate leaders hope to continue talks this week, with an eye toward moving quickly when Congress returns after the holiday.

At the White House, Trump proclaimed the bill was still on its way to completion because of the need to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It was short of support heading toward a critical procedural vote on Wednesday, and prospects for changing that are uncertain. "Because we know the status quo is simply unacceptable, unsustainable, and no action is just not an option", McConnell said. Some say they were anxious that this meeting today would be one where he makes Republicans feel better, but actually doesn't do anything to change this bill.

"I truly appreciate the fact that we have more time", Sen.

The pro-Trump engagement marks a dramatically different approach than during the first health care debate of Trump's presidency.

"Dozens of Republican amendments were offered and accepted in that hearing process and when you say you're inviting us. that you want our support - for what?" After the CBO report's release, he was joined by Republican senators Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Susan Collins of ME and Mike Lee of Utah in saying they would refuse to bring the bill to the Senate floor.

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Sen. Rand Paul, who has opposed the current bill, said he thought Trump wanted to improve the bill. The bill would cut taxes, reduce the deficit and phase out the Medicaid expansion implemented by Barack Obama's health law.

"There's no one-size-fits all to getting these people on board", said one White House official. Along with potential opposition from Johnson, Paul and Heller on the vote, that could leave leadership struggling to even advance to a final vote on the health care bill. He said the bill has allowances for pre-existing conditions and allows young people to remain on their parents' plans.

Senate Democrats hardly celebrated the news of the vote delay.

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

"We would see dramatic reductions in federal Medicaid funding, which would result in large budget gaps for the states", said analyst Caroline Pearson of the consulting firm Avalere Health".

Pence will host Lee and other conservative Republican senators at a dinner later Tuesday.

"I would not bet against Mitch McConnell", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Tuesday morning when asked about the bill's fate - but before news broke of McConnell's announcement that he was pushing the vote back.

"This bill was so bad for their constituencies that they fought it", the NY senator said.

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