McConnell delays health care vote


Within the past two-and-a-half days, Sen. He would do that with the help of Vice President Mike Pence, since the vice president has the power to break a tie vote in the Senate. "That's not the only one", Capito told reporters.

"We have really no choice but to solve the situation", Trump said at the start of the meeting.

"We will not be on the bill this week, but we are still working to get 50 people in a comfortable place", McConnell said.

All the Republican senators were invited to the White House Tuesday to talk about replacing Obamacare. They hedged on the timing of that procedural vote and suggested that the workweek could stretch beyond Friday.

Those announcing their opposition Tuesday were Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), whose father died Monday; and Sen.

Hirono's spokesman Will Dempster said she is committed to returning "as quickly as she can" to the Senate.

McConnell's efforts to advance the bill have been hindered by intra-party opposition to the plan. The House passed a similar bill in early May, but at various points the GOP campaign to unwind that law has appeared stalled only to be resurrected. In that time, they also need to reconcile it with the House's bill.

"McConnell is going to relentlessly work all recess to cobble together 50 votes", Senator Chris Murphy of CT wrote on Twitter. The GOP whip office advised members that "additional legislative items are possible" beyond what is scheduled for the week. "It is appalling and needs to be stopped in its tracks", Malloy said in a statement. "Taking the time to get it right is where we should be". "I will say that I have so many fundamental problems with the bill that have been confirmed by the CBO report that 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". The stakes are high and some senators have already said they can not see themselves being swayed. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah also said he would oppose the procedural move barring tweaks to the bill, according to The Associated Press. She says she will vote no on the "motion to proceed".

Lee has favored a fuller repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law than the current GOP bill. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Leaders can spend about $188 billion on increased spending without running afoul of Senate budget rules. That deals another blow to party leaders hoping to push the top-priority measure through the Senate this week. "We'll see", he told CNN when asked whether he thought the bill would be taken up on the floor.

However, more Americans would lose health insurance in the short run under the Senate bill as it stands: an estimated 15 million fewer Americans would have coverage in 2018, compared to 14 million under the House bill.

Meanwhile, Democrats on the Hill were organizing news conference after news conference, including a large showing of Democratic senators who gathered on the Capitol steps to lambast the beleaguered bill. By repealing the individual and employer mandate, which mandates people buy this health insurance that they can't afford, that they don't like, if you don't mandate that they're going to do this then that many people won't do it.

Another conservative critic of the plan, Sen.

"It remains a work in progress", said Cruz, who has said he can not support it in its current form. The Senate is tying these payments to less generous insurance plans, which have lower premiums but higher deductibles.

"Well, I expect to have the support to get it done", Cornyn told ABC News. Heller expressed concern about Medicaid cuts in the GOP bill.

"You can't amend a bill that is not up", Rubio said. Polls have shown the Republican health care effort is very unpopular overall, with even GOP support for the House bill at just 34 percent in an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released last week.

McConnell said he was still optimistic a measure could pass the chamber.

Democrats quickly seized on the CBO's projection of how much the ranks of the uninsured would grow.

Aides were also seen scurrying around in the Capitol trying to buttonhole members and their key staff about where things now stand, with the idea being to have a menu of options ready for the Senate Republicans' weekly Tuesday lunch, where McConnell ultimately announced his decision to delay. "No matter how the bill changes around the edges, it is fundamentally rotten at the center".