Opposition to the bill from Collins and several other senators cast doubt on the notion that Republicans had enough support to pass the bill this week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves a closed meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill, on June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Vice President Mike Pence invited four GOP senators to dinner Tuesday to discuss the bill, his office said: Lee and Sens. “But we’re still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place” to vote for the measure, McConnell said.
“I think we have to face this down”, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, said. “I will vote no on mtp”.
“The ultimate reason this vote failed is because the American people didn’t like it”, said Sen.
Ryan said every Republican senator campaigned on repealing and replacing Obama’s law. “If Leader McConnell says failure is not an option, don’t set yourself up for failure”. Moderate and conservative Republicans alike have begun to push back on this trashtastic version of health care legislation, which should have been written on toilet tissue. That leaves room for negotiations with Ted Cruz and other on-the-fence GOP senators to flip them to “yes” votes on the plan.
This spring, House Speaker Paul Ryan also had to delay a final vote on his chamber’s overhaul bill upon realizing he didn’t have the votes.
The report released Monday reviews the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Mitch McConnell’s secretly concocted remix of the House’s American Health Care Act.
Moments after the CBO score was released Sen.
She tweeted that she favors a bipartisan effort to fix Obama’s statute but added, “CBO analysis shows Senate bill won’t do it”.
“I want to wait to see the CBO analysis, but I have very serious concerns about the bill”, she said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.
That is a tough pill for moderate Republicans, who will be under enormous pressure from their constituents to vote against the bill.
That’s just 1 million fewer people than the non-partisan CBO estimated would lose healthcare by 2026 under the House version of Trumpcare.
The bill would repeal a tax on wealthy investors, saving them about $172 billion over the next decade. But some Americans would receive smaller tax credits, meaning many would end up with higher out of pocket spending on health care. At the same time, it would phase out the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, while offering less generous subsidies to those who purchase health insurance on the individual market.
CBO said that 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.
The bill passed by House Republicans relies on a different mechanism to encourage healthy people to buy coverage.