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Facing defections, Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote

The Latest: Lacking votes, Senate GOP delay health care vote This is democracy?
Edmund Collier | 29 June, 2017, 08:57

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is delaying a vote on a Senate health care bill on Tuesday while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes.

At Tuesday's White House press briefing, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders the goal of the afternoon White House meeting with GOP senators is for the members to "talk through" their differences and "figure out how best to move the ball forward".

"It's a big complicated subject, we've got a lot discussions going on, and we're still optimistic we're going to get there", McConnell told reporters after the lunch. "He is very, very good a getting things through the Senate even with this razor-thin majority".

CBO said that average premiums around the country would be higher over the next two years - including about 20 percent higher in 2018 than under Obama's statute - but lower beginning in 2020.

Meanwhile, at least two policy details in the bill may obscure the effects for several years and make the health insurance markets look better nearly immediately by giving insurers a more predictable, more lucrative market. "They won't just be people with addiction, they will be people with mental illness, they'll be people will cancer, they will be people with other chronic diseases and they will all be sitting in the emergency room because there will be nowhere else to go".

"Lightning could strike, but I don't see how I'll have the information I need", he said.

A group of Republican senators has already said they will not vote for the bill in its current form.

At the White House meeting with most of the 52 Republican senators, Trump said it was vital to reach agreement on the Senate healthcare measure because Obamacare was "melting down". "We Will Work Harder".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump spoke with McConnell on Tuesday morning and has been "fully engaged" with senators.

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Last week, Blunt said he will "carefully review the final legislation with a focus on how it will help address the problems Missourians are facing under Obamacare". If the bill fails, McConnell will argue, the only option will be working with Democrats, which will certainly lead to a less conservative outcome.

Republicans eager to repeal "Obamacare" suffered a deeply embarrassing setback Tuesday when shrinking support forced them to postpone votes on their controversial health care overhaul, one of President Donald Trump's top priorities.

The motion is normally a routine procedural move, but its chances were growing increasingly grim due to the Republican intraparty division.

The Wisconsin Republican was one of the five members who threatened to vote against a motion to proceed to the bill. "I wouldn't count McConnell out yet".

Lee, R-Utah speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Behind the scenes, staffers for McConnell were trading potential legislative proposals with key offices, and McConnell himself met privately with Sen. Ted Cruz for almost an hour.

Portman says he continues to have concerns about the Medicaid policies in the bill. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, one of the bill's critics, said of the delay. But under the Senate plan, subsidies are available for people at 350 percent of the poverty level, versus 400 percent under current law. For McConnell's part, according to the aide, the message would be clear: A vote against the bill would be a vote to maintain Obamacare. They were similar to a batch of ads that America First Policies piped into states with Democratic senators who could face tough re-election campaigns.

After the president made his opening remarks, he asked the press to leave so that they could discuss the bill. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters, "We know the fight is not over".

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