US Senate delays vote on controversial health care law

US Senate delays vote on controversial health care law

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to bring the bill to a vote before the July 4th recess.

Later, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Rob Portman of OH also said they opposed the measure.

And he told the senators, “This will be great if we get it done”.

Minutes earlier, Mr McConnell divulged the decision to Republican senators at a private lunch also attended by Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

At the White House meeting with most of the 52 Republican senators, Trump said it was vital to reach agreement on the Senate healthcare measure because Obamacare was “melting down”. But, Tuesday’s announcement was still a rare setback for McConnell – an applauded Senate tactician – who has pushed his party to fall in line countless times before.

As many as a dozen Republicans signaled reluctance to back the proposal, leaving Mr. McConnell well shy of the 50 senators he would need to clear the bill this week.

The CBO report says under the bill that 22 million people fewer would have insurance by 2026 than under Obamacare – one million less than the House bill’s figure – but the budget deficit would be reduced.

Mike Lee became the fifth member Tuesday to plan to vote against the motion to proceed on the health care bill as it is now written, an aide told CNN.

Lee was among four conservatives who announced last week that they were against the current version of the legislation.

Ryan told reporters on Tuesday: “I would not bet against Mitch McConnell”.

In a joint statement Tuesday, Capito and Portman said they opposed the bill in part because of concerns they have about the affect its Medicaid policies would have on the opioid epidemics in their states. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a moderate who opposes the current bill and has expressed worries about cuts to Medicaid, said there had been “no outreach” from McConnell’s office. She tweeted that she favors a bipartisan effort to fix Obama’s statute but added, “CBO analysis shows Senate bill won’t do it”. In initial versions of the Senate bill, federal funding for this looks tenuous at best.

Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, the only Senate Republican up for re-election next year in a state Hillary Clinton won, surprised Senate GOP leaders by coming out hard against the health legislation at a news conference Friday. The pressure is on for them to deliver, now that they control the White House, House of Representatives and Senate. And trying to pass the long-sought Obamacare repeal and replacement with no meaningful hearings, expert testimony or debate only bolstered the argument that it is designed mostly to give tax cuts to the rich, an argument supported by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report released Monday.

The Senate bill would reduce taxes on the wealthy, as well as on insurers, drug companies, device makers, and tanning salons by $700 billion over a decade, paying for it with sharp cuts to Medicaid and with reductions to the subsidies that help middle-class people buy insurance on their own.

Republicans want to gradually cap Medicaid expenditure – which would mean 15 million people by 2026 would lose their benefits through the program, CBO projected. “Forty percent of medication-assisted treatment is paid for by Medicaid, and we want to make sure people have Medicaid coverage entitling them to treatment, not a limited pot of money”. 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.

The costs of excessive ER visits are passed down to ordinary consumers in the form of increased health care premiums and co-pays.