The Latest: 3 GOP senators threaten to oppose health bill

The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT):

7:15 p.m.

Threats of opposition from three Republican senators are casting doubt on whether GOP leaders have enough support to move ahead on the Senate health care bill.

The Senate has to hold a procedural vote to move forward, most likely on Wednesday.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine tweeted after the Congressional Budget Office analysis on Monday that the Senate bill won’t fix the flaws in the current bill. She says she will vote no on the “motion to proceed.”

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says he has “a hard time believing I’ll have enough information for me to support a motion to proceed this week.”

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says it’s worse to “pass a bad bill than to pass no bill.”

Republicans can’t afford more than two defections.


6:35 p.m.

The White House says the Congressional Budget Office’s projection that 22 million more people will be uninsured in 2026 “must not be trusted blindly.”

The White House is again trying to undermine the analysis of the CBO, questioning the office’s predictions that millions of more Americans would be uninsured under a Senate health care proposal compared with President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The White House says the CBO “has consistently proven it cannot accurately predict how health care legislation will impact insurance coverage.”

It says the office has a “history of inaccuracy,” and cites its “flawed report on coverage, premiums and predicted deficit arising out of Obamacare.”


6:30 p.m.

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono is decrying the Republican health care bill as “mean, ugly” a day ahead of her own surgery.

Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Hirono says people typically figure health insurance is a concern for someone else until they get sick. Hirono announced in May that she was being treated for kidney cancer.

She says she will have surgery Tuesday to remove a lesion on…

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