A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll shows low support among Americans for the GOP healthcare bill. Susan Page, USA TODAY Washington bureau chief, explains the findings.
WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay a vote on a GOP health care plan is giving Democrats a big opportunity to seize the July 4 recess to dial up the pressure to kill the bill.
Several outside progressive groups are planning campaigns over the congressional recess to highlight the stories of real Americans who could lose health care – and targeting vulnerable and moderate Republican senators with paid media, phone calls and protests.
“It’s time to crank up the outrage and tell all Senators to vote NO” on the Senate bill, said Paola Mendoza, a national organizer for the Women’s March, which has created a new hashtag on Twitter highlighting personal stories titled #HowTheACASavedMyLife.
While Sen. McConnell, R-Ky., conceded Republicans’ goal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would not happen before members of Congress leave town Friday, the bill is not dead. Senate lawmakers say they still hope to reach a compromise and they point to the House’s ultimate success in passing a bill despite early setbacks. Yet it’s in significant peril as McConnell works to bridge deep differences among moderate and conservative members of his party.
Right now, GOP senators are trying to gather enough votes to pass their Obamacare replacement plan, but even fellow Republicans are having a time a hard time accepting the health care bill.
A report this week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office showing up to 22 million Americans would lose their health care under the GOP plan is fueling resistance to the…