Senate Republican leaders delay healthcare bill vote


If Democrats all vote against the bill, Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two votes among their own ranks. Chuck Schumer, the chamber's top Democrat, said Tuesday his party would work with Republicans as long as the bill did not focus on cutting benefits for the poor while cutting taxes for the rich.

The delay seemed to be welcomed by senators still sitting on the fence. "If you were on the fence, I'm not so sure this report helps you much", said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, one of the bill's critics, said of the delay. "And I'm announcing today that in this form, I simply will not support it".

Because of fundamental changes in how the Senate bill would provide support to people, those deductibles are virtually guaranteed to grow.

Donald Trump has suffered an embarrassing setback on a key campaign pledge after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote on his legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Collins, who also opposes proposed cuts to Planned Parenthood, said she was awaiting the CBO analysis before taking a final position.

Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate from ME, told reporters that it would take more than just a few "tweaks" to get her on board with the bill.

The CBO and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) said the legislation would reduce the cumulative federal deficit over the 2017-2026 period by $321 billion, about $202 billion more than the estimated net savings for the version of H.R. 1628 that was passed by the House.

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Both Pence and McConnell are set to address a Senate GOP lunch tomorrow, where all four Senators will be present.

Minutes after the report's release, three GOP senators threatened to oppose beginning debate.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he could not support the proposal as it now stands. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. Dean Heller of Nevada, Sen.

According to the CBO report, the Senate bill would result in 49 million people lacking health coverage by 2026 - 22 million more than would have been uninsured under Obamacare. Trump has called the House bill "mean" and prodded senators to produce a package with more "heart". "Consequently, we will not be on the bill this week, but we're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place", McConnell said, adding that he is still "optimistic" about passing Obamacare replacement legislation.

His statute pressures people to buy insurance by imposing a tax penalty on those who don't, but the Republican legislation would repeal that penalty, effectively erasing Obama's so-called individual mandate.

Medicaid covers low-income people including children, pregnant women, older people in nursing homes and the disabled.

In another important dynamic, lawmakers were awaiting a key analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office of the measure's price tag and the number of people who might lose coverage if it is enacted. "I'm encouraged that CBO says premiums would begin to fall under this bill starting in 2020, especially in states that take advantage of the new flexibility available under the bill".