Lacking sufficient party support, a vote on the the Senate GOP’s health care bill will be delayed until after the July 4 recess, according to multiple reports.
Two sources told CNN on Tuesday that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who originally wanted a vote this week, relented so GOP leaders can make changes to the bill and get a new score from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
McConnell delivered the message to GOP senators at a private lunch also attended by Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, sources told The Associated Press.
“We’re still working toward getting 50 people in a comfortable place,” McConnell told the media after delaying the vote.
The measure was facing significant opposition by moderate Republicans, who were concerned over the effect of the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Medicaid and a less-than-favorable report by the CBO. With unanimous Democratic opposition, the bill could only afford to lose two GOP votes and pass, and at least five GOP senators were opposed to beginning debate on the bill.
The party, however, remains adamant in its years-long crusade to eliminate the ACA.
“The schedule may have changed a little bit,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, “but one thing that isn’t is Obamacare is collapsing.”
Republican senators will be meeting this afternoon at the White House, where Sen. Rand Paul — a heavy critic of the Senate plan — visited Tuesday morning. The Kentucky Republican said President Donald Trump “is open to making (the) bill better. Is Senate leadership?”
McConnell said Trump has been “very involved” in helping along the Senate bill since it was revealed Thursday. Asked if Democrats would be involved in future discussions toward reworking the bill, McConnell said “they’re not interested in participating.”
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer continued to assail the Republican bill. The New York Democratic has labeled the measure a massive tax break for the rich and said…