ABC News has the total number of senators opposed to the bill at six. After the CBO report’s release, he was joined by Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Susan Collins of ME and Mike Lee of Utah in saying they would refuse to bring the bill to the Senate floor. Other lawmakers like John McCain have complained that McConnell and other AHCA drafters are acting just like the Democrats by tweaking the bill behind closed doors.
“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 is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the bill, ” Collins said on CNN.
At a White House meeting with GOP senators later Tuesday, Trump shrugged off the delay and said “we’re getting very close” to striking a deal despite the disagreements.
GOP defections increased after Congress’ budget referee said Monday the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than Obama’s 2010 statute.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) took to Twitter to say he was “pleased” with the delay to vote on the bill, noting that the current plan “missed the mark” for his constituents and did not have his support. Johnson has been adamant in recent days to hold off on a vote on the bill, which leadership is pushing to happen before the July 4 recess.
He said Republican senators will go to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump on health care Tuesday afternoon.
With Republicans only able to lose two votes, the bill appeared to be teetering on the edge by lunchtime.
Ryan’s point was that given the current state of play, it’s not helpful for anyone in the House to come out and attack or criticize elements of the bill. Following the CBO report, moderate Maine Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen.
Minutes after the CBO report’s release, three GOP senators threatened to oppose beginning debate.
“Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “‘America’s Newsroom”, while discussing the Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Sen. Conservative senators say the Senate bill does not do enough to repeal Obamacare.
The Senate plan would end the tax penalty that law imposes on people who don’t buy insurance, in effect erasing Obama’s so-called individual mandate, and on larger businesses that don’t offer coverage to workers. Paul met with President Trump at the White House, and several conservative senators, including Lee, are dining with Pence tonight, Politico reported. It also would eliminate $700 billion worth of taxes over a decade, largely on wealthier people and medical companies – money that Obama’s law used to expand coverage. Of the 22 million people losing health coverage, 15 million would be Medicaid recipients.
CBO said that under the bill, most insurance markets around the country would be stable before 2020. That’s because standard policies would be skimpier than now offered under Obama’s law, covering a smaller share of expected medical costs.
Just as he did with the House when the far right and a small group of moderates both prevented initial passage of a bill, Vice President Mike Pence, who has attended most of the Senate Republican Tuesday lunches – and quietly hosted senators and House members for a weekly dinner at his Naval Observatory residence – has been playing a prominent role this week in trying to whip up votes.