GOP Senators oppose opening debate on health care

From Birth To Death, Medicaid Affects The Lives Of Millions

From Birth To Death, Medicaid Affects The Lives Of Millions

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is delaying a vote on a Senate health care bill while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes.

Collins has said she is considering a run for ME governor next year.

"I won't vote to proceed unless the bill changes", Sen.

McConnell said Trump has been "very involved" in helping along the Senate bill since it was revealed Thursday.

"This will be great if we get it done, and if we don't get it done it's just going to be something that we're not going to like, and that's OK and I understand that very well".

McConnell, R-Ky., was hoping Tuesday to staunch his party's rebellion, a day after the Congressional Budget Office released its report. Mike Lee of Utah - who previously opposed the current bill - and three other conservative senators for dinner on Tuesday night.

"McConnell is going to relentlessly work all recess to cobble together 50 votes", Senator Chris Murphy of CT wrote on Twitter. They wanted more money for mental health benefits for people addicted to opioids and money for states to cover people left behind by the rollback of the Medicaid program in both the House and Senate versions. Only then will Trumpcare supporters recognize how nonsensical this bill really is.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tweeted about his visit, saying he was: "Headed to meet with @realDonaldTrump this afternoon". The measure would also do away with many of Obamacare's taxes and regulations, including the individual and employer mandate. No less than the president of the United States reportedly called the House version of the bill "mean" in a closed-door meeting with Republicans ― a fact he (potentially inadvertently) confirmed while commenting on former president Barack Obama also calling it mean.

"I have so many fundamental problems with the bill that have been confirmed by the CBO report that it's hard to see how any tinkering can address my fundamental and deep concerns", Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), a moderate and a confirmed no vote, told reporters after meeting with her fellow Republicans on Tuesday.

The measure was facing significant opposition by moderate Republicans, who were concerned over the effect of the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Medicaid and a less-than-favorable report by the CBO.

Democratic senators followed the Republican briefing and slammed the GOP plan.

The new proposal, which was crafted in secret by McConnell and GOP staffers, worries some conservative and moderate Republicans in the upper chamber - particularly because of the 22 million people it would strip insurance from over the next decade, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, before the delay was announced, said he "would not bet against Mitch McConnell. I think when people are rushed and don't have answers and don't have data.the bill is small, but it affects a lot of people in a real way", said Sen. It said that similar to the House bill, average premiums around the country would be higher over the next two years - including about 20 percent higher in 2018 than under Obama's statute - but lower beginning in 2020.

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