Mike Lee 5th GOP senator against starting health bill debate

Gazette-Mail file

Gazette-Mail file

He can afford to lose just two Republican senators from the party's 52-seat majority in the 100-seat Senate to pass healthcare.

The Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is now being poured over by Senate Republicans and their staff, but the early prognosis for a vote this week is not good.

"Either Republicans will agree and change the status quo or the markets will continue to collapse and we'll have to sit down with Senator (Chuck) Schumer", he said of the Senate Minority Leader.

McConnell's closest ally - said that he was a "little bit" surprised at the announcement, having only moments before that the vote was on schedule.

The Times, in its Wednesday editions, said Trump was less involved in the press for the Senate bill than with the earlier House bill - making fewer phone calls to senators, for instance.

Republicans have decried premium increases under the Obamacare and pointed to insurers leaving the marketplace in some states as reasons to repeal the law. 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 okay.

The bill provides billions in tax cuts to insurance companies and the wealthy, while allowing states to drop several now mandated benefits, such as maternity care and hospital services.

The Republican senator for Maine, Susan Collins, has said she will vote against it, joining colleagues Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee and Rand Paul who on Thursday said they were "not ready to vote for this bill", but were "open to negotiation".

"There is a sliver where all these circles overlap and if anyone can find it, McConnell can find it", Jennings said.

"I have not heard back from the leadership with any suggestions for changes", Collins said. While removing health coverage from 20 plus million Americans, it funds an $800 billion tax cut, including retroactive payments, for millionaires.

McConnell, whose party has a razor-thin majority in the 100-member Senate, told reporters that Republican leaders would work through the week to win over the 50 senators needed to pass the bill, with a vote planned in the weeks following the recess.

The Senate draft would save some US$321 billion (RM1375 billion) in federal spending over the 2017-2016 period, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

"It is clear that this current bill would not improve our health care system, but rather would result in people paying more and taking care away from millions of Americans".

The senators had not explicitly stated their opposition prior to McConnell's decision to delay the bill.

We want to hear from you. The bill would cut taxes, reduce the deficit and phase out the Medicaid expansion implemented by Barack Obama's health law. That is in part because coverage would be skimpier, and people would face higher deductibles and other cost-sharing.

Conservatives say the Senate bill does not go far enough, and would still put too heavy a burden on government coffers.

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