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Senate punts, then 3 new Republicans oppose health care bill

28 June, 2017, 08:05 | Author: Mae Harvey
  • Senate leaders scramble to save health bill amid defections

The US Senate vote to enact the Republican Health Care bill, the AHCA, has been postponed until after the July fourth recess.

Six people were arrested at Capito's Charleston office Monday after vowing to stay until she promised to vote against the Senate bill. In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders chose to delay a vote on their prized health care bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation.

"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". "Legislation of this complexity nearly..."

One of a handful of Republican senators opposing the Senate health care bill is headed to the White House to talk with President Donald Trump about the measure.

Passing the measure would hand Trump a legislative win as he seeks to shift attention after weeks of questions over Russia's role in last year's U.S. presidential election. "No way", he stated, given the current progress made on passing the bill. He pointed to more than 1.7 million veterans now on Medicaid - almost 1 in 10 - as well as veterans ages 45 to 64 who have benefited from tax credits offered under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The Senate plan does keep the subsidies for low-income people created to help them afford their health care premiums.

McConnell had hoped to push the measure through his chamber by week's end, before an Independence Day recess that party leaders fear will be used by foes of the legislation to tear away support.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office weighed in on the Senate health care bill on Monday, saying that 22 million people would lose health coverage in the next 10 years under the Senate's plan.

Republicans wanted to vote before senators went back to their home states over the weekend, but now that that's off the table, disgruntled voters will have an opportunity to make their case. The GOP holds 52 seats, with Vice President Pence as a potential tiebreaker. President Donald Trump has called the House bill "mean" and prodded senators to produce a package with more "heart". But moderates like Heller and Susan Collins of ME criticize the bill as overly punitive in throwing people off insurance roles and limiting benefits paid by Medicaid, which has become the nation's biggest health care program, covering nursing home care for seniors as well as care for many poor Americans.

With the Senate bill in peril, Democrats amplified their call for Republicans to quit trying to kill the existing law and join forces in improving it. Though their tone was happy and elevated in the wake of the health care bill votes delay, it wasnt victorious.

The Wisconsin Republican said he has every expectation that the Senate will move ahead on the bill, which the Congressional Budget Office says would kick 22 million off the insurance rolls.

Over on the House side, Speaker Paul Ryan urged his members in a closed door session to give their Senate colleagues some space, according to a person in the room. "You look at what's happening - hospitals don't like this bill, physicians' organizations don't like this bill, the cancer society doesn't like this bill, but there's no one that can unify them and lead the charge".

A political action committee for President Trump has pulled an attack advertisement against a member of the president's own party, Republican Sen. Democrats are unanimously opposed, and in recent days they have stepped up protests, delivering speeches on the Senate floor for hours and holding vigils on the Capitol steps.

Senate Republican leaders are scrambling to rescue their health care bill. "He is very, very good at getting things through the Senate even with this razor-thin majority".


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