GOP leaders delay health bill vote until after July 4 recess


The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating GOP leaders' hopes of pushing the plan through the chamber this week. The decision was described by a Republican aide and another informed person who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the closed-door decision. "There's got to be a better plan out there for us because we have to have insurance".

The budget office report said the Senate bill's coverage losses would especially affect people between ages 50 and 64, before they qualify for Medicare, and with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level, or around $30,300 for an individual.

As Republicans in the Senate work to figure out how to pass their bill, Ryan appeared on Fox News Monday and defended the GOP's efforts to repeal Obamacare.

The 22 million additional people without coverage under the Senate proposal is just a hair better than the 23 million who'd be left without insurance under the measure the House approved last month, the budget office has estimated. The stakes are high and some senators have already said they can not see themselves being swayed.

The delay put the future of a longtime top Republican priority in doubt amid concerns about the Senate bill from both moderate and conservative Republicans.

McConnell says the White House is "very anxious to help" and encouraged senators to go to the meeting. In a letter to senators Tuesday, it criticized an "opaque and closed" legislative process and proposed cuts to Medicaid that could lead to hundreds of thousands of lower-income veterans losing their insurance. "I certainly wasn't ready".

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Collins joined Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. James Lankford, Mike Lee, Ben Sasse and Tom Cotton (Lee has come out against the bill in its current form, while Lankford, Lee and Cotton are undecided).

Meanwhile, President Donald J. Trump has invited all 52 Senate Republicans to the White House on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the bill. Sen. Jerry of Kansas, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, and Rob Portman of Ohio. Portman and Capito were considered swing votes because their states have expanded Medicaid and are hotbeds in the US opioid crisis.

Mr Trump has called the House bill "mean" and prodded senators to produce a package with more "heart". Three Republican senators said they would vote against the motion to begin debate before it even hit the Senate floor.

For Senate Republican leaders, the worrying aspect of the Collins statement is that she wants structural changes to bill, which would be more likely to move it in a more moderate direction. It's projected to lower the deficit by billions over 10 years, and also cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

"They're not interested in participating", he said.