Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Senate GOP Leaders Push Off Health Care Vote Until After July 4th

Senate GOP Leaders Push Off Health Care Vote Until After July 4th

Pundits and politicians throughout the Beltway have repeatedly expressed confidence in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's ability to get the legislation passed in the face of push-back from a handful of his GOP colleagues- but McConnell seems less sure of himself.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some Republicans are blaming an outside group supporting President Donald Trump for the unexpected delay Tuesday of a vote on a Senate health care proposal. However, the Senate bill would save $321 billion over a decade - a much higher threshold of savings than the House's $119 billion. "Now to put that number into perspective, if you laid 22 million people end to end, it would reach Canada, where they could get health care", Colbert said.

He's been aiming at winning Senate passage this week, before a weeklong July 4 recess that leaders worry opponents will use to weaken support for the legislation.

Republicans have blasted Obamacare over the past eight years for various reasons, such as driving up the cost of healthcare and leaving consumers with fewer choices. "So it's really meltdown, and we're going to try to solve the problem".

Less affluent Americans now on government-managed Medicaid insurance, many of whom supported the president, will see a 26% reduction in their programmes funding over the next decade, resulting in fewer covered and skimpier benefits.

"It's hard for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the impact of the bill", Senator Susan Collins, a Republican moderate, told reporters.

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"There is a sliver where all these circles overlap and if anyone can find it, McConnell can find it", Jennings said.

She and other moderates were concerned about the bill's sharp cuts to Medicaid for low-income Americans, while conservatives said the measure did not go far enough to uproot Obamacare.

"But I think we have a chance to do something very, very important for the public", Trump said. very, very important for the people of our country that we love". One thing that was striking were the statements issued by several GOP Senators - after the vote had been delayed - as several Republicans waited to publicly pronounce their opposition and concerns.

Senator Mitch McConnell hoped that keeping his wretched bill to destroy the Affordable Care Act secret until the last minute would make it easier for him to railroad fellow Republicans. So we're gonna watch this bill and all the machinations, behind closed doors as they might be, like a hawk. Currently, Americans are required to buy health insurance or pay a fine if they do not.

"This will be great if we get it done", Trump said.

The bill would also delay cuts to the Medicaid health program for poorer Americans and the disabled, although Medicaid cuts would be severe in the long term. So if people did see a decrease in their premium it would likely be associated with reduced coverage.

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