Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

GOP 'Obamacare' repeal teeters after Senate shelves vote

GOP 'Obamacare' repeal teeters after Senate shelves vote

Multiple senators also relayed a message: Ads from a conservative group against moderate GOP Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said, "It wouldn't be a bad thing if we put the money toward deficit reduction".

LePage was asked if he backs the legislation and he said no, complaining that the bill doesn't go far enough to fix current law.

The rest of Trump's economic agenda is now sitting on the runway, idling, as the health care bill remains bogged down.

Others opposed the Senate bill for different reasons.

The Senate delay is a huge blow to Trump and Republican lawmakers who have spent the last seven years plotting an end to the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare.

But after years of promising to repeal Obamacare on the campaign trail, it was five Republican senators this week who blocked the bill from even coming to the Senate floor for debate.

The healthcare measure could dramatically affect many Americans' health and financial security while also posing challenges to state governments facing proposed cuts in Medicaid coverage for low-income residents.

53 percent of Republicans said repeal completely. "If there's more work to be done, you shouldn't try to light the fire before it's ready to be lit".

Republicans are expected to go home tomorrow. I mean, I'm reading the CBO report at 4 a.m. Republicans have helped to unleash that uncertainty, but they can't muster an agreement to replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.

"Obamacare is a direct assault on the middle class", he said. "This is big stuff, and so making sure that we get it right is something that I have said is an imperative", Murkowski told CNN in an interview on Monday.

The New York Times first reported about this call.

The current makeup of the U.S. Senate includes 52 Republicans, 46 Democrats, and two independents (both of whom caucus with the Democrats).

But as he left the gathering, Cornyn conceded: "We need more time".

"For months, I have engaged with my colleagues on solutions that I believe are necessary to ensure that we improve our health care system and better combat this opioid epidemic", he said.

"It was Mitch's. Definitely Mitch", Corker said. Once it became clear that there was not enough support for the legislation to advance this week McConnell canceled planned votes. Nine Republican senators have said they will not vote for the bill and many of those opposing the current version were at the meeting. Jerry Moran - a former Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and close ally to leadership - tweeted "The Senate healthcare bill missed the mark for Kansans and therefore did not have my support".

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia said negotiators were struggling with how to resolve conflicts between the states that have expanded the Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled, and those that have not.

"Nebraskans are dissatisfied with it and so am I", added Sasse, who had not previously commented on the bill. The uncertainty on Capitol Hill does not sit well in corporate boardrooms.

"I would 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 concern about the impact of the bill", she said after the White House meeting.

Just as the House health bill had to be pulled, the Senate bill has now been delayed. And Mara, talk us through what led McConnell to delay this vote.

The CBO report makes one thing clear: the amount of federal revenues collected and the amount of spending on Medicaid "would nearly surely both be lower than under current law", and the number of uninsured people under the Senate health care bill "would nearly surely be greater than under current law". This bill is unpopular, and it's getting more so by the day.

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray warned Tuesday that the desire among Republicans to overhaul Obamacare remained as strong as ever.

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