Senate delays vote on ACA repeal, replacement bill

Senate leaders do not believe they have the votes to pass the bill as it is with a group of Republicans along with all Democrats in the Senate opposed to it.

Late Tuesday, Senate Republican leaders postponed a vote on the bill until after the July 4th recess, in a sign the legislation as now written does not have the votes to pass.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell formally confirmed the delay, saying, "We're going to continue the discussions within our conference on the differences that we have".

Trump said, "This will be great if we get it done". Now Americans should give their senators an earful over the Fourth of July recess and demand a bipartisan effort to make health care more affordable and accessible.

At the White House Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Trump told senators that because Obamacare is "a total disaster", "we really have no choice but to solve this situation". And that's a fact Senate Republican leaders are keenly aware of as they aim for a vote after the July 4 recess, despite five factions being against them.

"With ZERO Democrats to help, and a failed, expensive and risky ObamaCare as the Dems legacy, the Republican Senators are working hard!"

As such, critics of the bill has emerged from both sides of the floor and has made passage of the measure a complicated task with just one week to go.

"We are a safety net organization, and we tend to have veterans without other health access come to the VA", Shulkin said.

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The Better Care Reconciliation Act would transform Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care system for the poor, from an open-ended entitlement to discretionary program with capped federal funding. "CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it". Moderate Republican senators including Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Dean Heller, R-Nev., also indicated they would not support it. Three senators said they will not vote to approve even debate of the bill, called a motion to proceed.

"Delawareans who can no longer afford health insurance under the Senate bill will delay needed care, and wind up in emergency rooms".

McConnell had hoped to vote on the legislation by the end of the week but that prospect seemed to diminish following Monday's release of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that estimated the bill would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million within the next decade.

The move is a huge embarrassment for Trump, who fully backs the healthcare bill which would undo most of what Obama put in place during his time in office.

The House bill to replace Obamacare also was held back from a vote before being revamped and passed through the more conservative chamber.

Instead, Manchin said, the Trump administration is holding back on promising about $7 billion of cost-sharing meant to stabilize the private market in the insurance exchanges so insurance companies can't count on them when putting together their 2018 rates.

Republicans get one of their main goals with the legislation in that it would reduce the aggregate federal deficit by $321 billion from 2017 to 2026.

  • Joey Payne