The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT):
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says “good progress” was made during a White House meeting between President Donald Trump and Republican senators.
Trump invited them to meet after McConnell decided to delay a vote on a Senate health care bill because there aren’t enough votes to pass it.
McConnell said after the meeting there’s a “really good chance” of passing the bill, but it won’t happen before July Fourth as he originally planned.
McConnell says Republicans must come up with a solution because that’s why the American people elected them. He says negotiating with Senate Democrats won’t produce any of the changes sought by Republicans, including to the health markets and Medicaid.
President Donald Trump says that if the health care bill fails to pass in the Senate, he won’t like it — but “that’s OK.”
Trump spoke Tuesday at a gathering of Senate Republicans after their leaders shelved a vote on their prized health care bill until at least next month.
Trump says, “This will be great if we get it done and if we don’t get it done it’s going to be something that we’re not going to like and that’s OK and I can understand that.”
He adds, “I think we have a chance to do something very, very important for the public, very, very important for the people of our country.”
Add three more names to the list of Republican senators saying they oppose the GOP health care bill.
But these three get an asterisk. They released statements of flat-out opposition after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was delaying the vote in hopes of rounding up enough support for passage.
Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia have persistently criticized the bill’s cuts in Medicaid, and have sought billions more to combat opioid abuse. Both said for the first time Tuesday they opposed…