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Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote

Capitol building in Washington D.C Capitol building in Washington D.C
Stacy Diaz | 29 June, 2017, 08:59

Republican senators gathered at the White House on Tuesday afternoon for an impromptu meeting with the President after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would be postponing the vote on the health care bill until after the July 4 recess.

"Plain and simple-the Senate Republican version of Trumpcare is a greater disaster for the people of CT than the version passed by House Republicans", Malloy said in a statement accompanying the report.

Republican senators went to the White House later in the afternoon to talk with President Trump about the status of the bill.

"We're getting very close", Trump told reporters before the start of a meeting at the White House with senators.

Trump invited them to meet after McConnell chose to delay a vote on a Senate health care bill because there aren't enough votes to pass it. He told reporters on Tuesday that he was very optimistic.

A report issued Monday by the Congressional Budget Office estimated that if the Republican bill was enacted, 22 million fewer Americans would have health care coverage over the coming decade and that some Americans would have to pay more for the same level of coverage they now possess.

The bill would repeal and replace major portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

A political nonprofit run by former campaign advisers of President Donald Trump says it has pulled a $1 million ad campaign launched Tuesday against Nevada's Republican Sen.

After the news broke, three Republican senators who hadn't yet publicly opposed the bill rushed to claim they were no-votes all along. McConnell said that Trump has been involved in the process in the last week, and said that Trump's involvement would be especially helpful as Republicans embark on a final push to secure enough votes for the bill's passage.

Analysis shows that millionaires would get tax cuts averaging $52,000 a year from the Senate Republicans' health bill.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) may have dealt the killing blow to her party's already troubled healthcare bill.

Leader McConnell said he wants changes to be scored again by CBO before a vote. "We are going to see what we are going to do".

"We've got to do some more work on it", he said. 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. To me, that's a canary in the coal mine for broader GOP concerns about their health care bill.

McConnell fought hard to avoid sending senators to their home states without a passed bill this weekend. He questioned whether "Senate leadership" was open to making what he calls improvements. It's projected to lower the deficit by billions over 10 years, and also cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

Still, Cornyn may be in agreement with McConnell just a day later as since his strongly-worded statement, two Republican senators have come out against the bill. It revokes in 2020 the requirement that providers cover essential health benefits, one of which is substance abuse services.

The office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase out of pocket costs for deductibles and copayments.

At least four conservative Republican senators said they were still opposed after the CBO analysis. That's because standard policies would be skimpier than now offered under Obama's law, covering a smaller share of expected medical costs.