Published: Thu, June 29, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Lacking votes, Senate GOP delay health care vote


The waiting period is created to encourage healthy people to buy insurance and reduce the number of people who wait to buy insurance after they get sick or injured.

Before the delay was announced, Republicans senators were invited to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

She said the bill as now drafted by GOP leaders won't ensure access to affordable health care in West Virginia, doesn't do enough to fight the opioid epidemic, cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply and harms rural health care providers.

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 U.S. Senate decided on Tuesday to wait until after the July 4 holiday to vote on its health care bill. But GOP leaders are eager now to replace the Affordable Care Act.

"We're still working toward getting 50 people in a comfortable place", McConnell told the media after delaying the vote. Should the Senate pass the bill, Ryan argued, the House will get their chance, one way or another, to weigh in. Multiple polls have found its support at less than 20 percent of the American public, with even a majority of Republicans taking a dim view ― nearly unheard-of figures in the recent, hyper-polarized political landscape. "Make no mistake, this is a wealth care plan, not a healthcare plan - a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans paid for with the lives and livelihoods of everyone else".

For example, families making $20,000 a year would get an average tax cut of about $200.

A recent addition to the Senate health care bill may also affect premium costs. After rounds of negotiations and amendments, the House passed its bill in early May.

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The president was stressing these goals in a meeting Tuesday with Kentucky Sen. He added that the current bill is "not real repeal and needs major improvement".

GOP defections increased after the Congressional Budget Office said Monday the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than Obama's 2010 statute.

Since the CBO score is in, the Senate parliamentarian will meet with McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) to make sure that the bill as written is in line with the rules of reconciliation.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday that the evolving Senate bill violates women's constitutional rights by de-funding Planned Parenthood.

It also says that if states don't expand Medicaid in the future, then fewer people will go on Medicaid in those states that don't expand in the future.

Of the possibility that some Democrats might join their cause, the majority leader said. He later said his office is "doing the research" to prepare for possible litigation.

With thousands in DE slated to lose heath care if the Republican-crafted attempt at an American Care Act replacement passes, Gov. John Carney attacked it as "unacceptable".

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, chaired that subcommittee hearing and kept his questions to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta largely centered on proposed cuts to that department's budget.

Utah's Mike Lee became the fifth Republican senator to oppose letting the chamber formally begin considering the proposal, which leaders have hoped the Senate would approve this week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered the message to GOP senators Tuesday at a private lunch also attended by Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. All Democrats oppose it.

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Ryan told reporters on Tuesday: "I would not bet against Mitch McConnell".

The speaker said House members are waiting to see what happens in the Senate.

Mike Lee became the fifth member Tuesday to plan to vote against the motion to proceed on the health care bill as it is now written, an aide told CNN.

After the vote was delayed, three Republican senators - Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rob Portman of OH and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia - announced opposition to the current bill. It's in trouble as opposition from rebellious Republicans grows.

As a result, most Obamacare enrollees would pay higher premiums for the benchmark silver plan under the Senate bill than under the current law, according to a non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) released a statement from C. Michael Valentine, MD, ACC vice president on June 26. Despite that confidence, the decision not to vote on the legislation before the upcoming Fourth of July recess raises doubts about whether Senate Republicans will be able to muster up the votes needed to fulfill their seven-year campaign promise. And at least three Republican senators said they would not support a motion to proceed with the bill without changes.

There, the bill faces a procedural step called a "Motion to Proceed" that allows the Senate to begin debate on the legislation. They hedged on the timing of that procedural vote and suggested that the workweek could stretch beyond Friday.

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