Senate to delay vote on Republican healthcare bill
- Author: Santos West Jul 18, 2017,
Jul 18, 2017, 0:10
McConnell can't afford to lose one more Republican senator or the GOP's seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare is over - for now, at least. Do the math: 49 out of 99 is not a majority. McCain's absence would have imperiled the bill, which needs the support of 50 of 52 GOP senators to advance. That's no longer happening.
"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act".
On Monday evening, the Senate will vote to break a Democratic filibuster of Patrick Shanahan to be deputy secretary of defense.
"The way to do that is through the normal process of committee hearings, expert witnesses, and writing a bill with bi-partisan support". That is also not happening, a GOP Senate aide told CNN on Sunday.
In an interview Friday, Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska minimized the importance of the CBO score and questioned the assumptions it uses: "Those are not the Ten Commandments coming down from Mount Sinai, that everything in there is gospel", Sullivan said.
A delay would undoubtedly complicate McConnell's effort to ram the legislation through the Senate.
It's hard to overstate right now just how uncertain the fate of this health care bill is. Their influence during the delay could complicate the decision-making for Republican senators from their states: Sen.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the announcement late Saturday. McConnell has already said that he will be delaying the Senate's August recess by two weeks in order to work on the bill. Senators didn't want to consider McConnell's first alternative.
The 80-year-old senator is resting and "is in good condition", the statement said. John McCain, R-Ariz., underwent surgery for the removal of a blot clot near his brain over the weekend. Amendments that are considered "germane" to the health care legislation need 51 votes to be added to the bill.
Giving these groups another week to register their concerns likely won't do the ant-health-care forces any good.
The governors were particularly worked up about what the Senate bill would do to Medicaid in their states.
Collins said she disagrees with Vice President Mike Pence that the Better Care Act would provide for the most vulnerable, improve Medicaid, and lead to better outcome. "The delay is a huge injection of the most precious resource in the resistance movement, which is time", Ben Wikler, the national director of MoveOn, told reporters on a healthcare organizing call Monday.
The newest version of the bill offered an idea pushed by Sen.
All four of them remain undecided.
A number of moderates, including Ms. Collins, have expressed concerns over the bill's cuts to the growth of Medicaid.
"The one thing we should do is try to repeal as many of the taxes, as many of the regulations and as many of the mandates as we possibly can". That means *any* GOP senator can be the deal-breaker. She cited a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association that criticized the addition of the amendment backed by Cruz and Lee allowing insurers to sell plans that don't cover pre-existing conditions.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the bill would cut Medicaid by almost $800 billion by 2026, and would cut Medicaid 35 percent come 2036. But some major insurance companies are not happy with this new clause and are asking that it be removed from the bill.