US Republicans, facing health care revolt, delay Senate vote

  • US Republicans, facing health care revolt, delay Senate vote

US Republicans, facing health care revolt, delay Senate vote

Republicans often note that millions of Americans have opted to pay fines in lieu of signing up for coverage under the ACA.

The House failed to advance a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in late March, and it was seen as a spectacular failure on the GOP's most persistent pledge to voters for the past seven years.

"As drafted, this bill will not ensure access to affordable health care in West Virginia, does not do enough to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating my state, cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply, and harms rural health care providers", Capito's portion of the statement said.

The White House remained "very confident" about prospects for the Senate bill, spokesman Sean Spicer said ahead of the CBO report's release.

It's what republicans had hoped to avoid, sending their Senate home for break without a decision on the bill they hoped would replace the Affordable Care Act.

America First Policies, which is not legally required to disclose its donors, had planned to spend $1 million or more on Heller ads, and it telegraphed its plans through the media.

If three Republicans oppose the bill, it can not pass.

In addition, the bill would end subsidies meant to help lower-income people buy insurance. That's in part because coverage would be skimpier, and people would face higher deductibles and other cost-sharing.

United States stock prices fell on Tuesday, as the decision to postpone the vote added to investor worries on whether the Trump administration can deliver on its promises of tax reform and deregulation, as well as changes to the health sector.

Republicans hold a 52-seat majority in the Senate.

The Senate bill removes the mandate that all residents have insurance, a move that is expected to result in healthier people dropping their coverage.

Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, told Xinhua that the Republican Party is going to have to very carefully thread the needle between the concerns of moderate Republican senators and those who are very conservative on both healthcare policy and spending. Susan Collins (ME), Rand Paul (KY), Dean Heller (NV), Ron Johnson (WI), and Mike Lee (UT) - publicly said they would oppose a "motion to proceed" vote required to bring the bill up for consideration.

Hours earlier Tuesday, second-ranking Republican John Cornyn insisted to reporters that "we're gonna vote, we're gonna pass it" this week.

But minutes before news broke of an imminent delay, the White House scrambled to invite senators to discuss the issues. A change to Obamacare could be possible now. While removing health coverage from 20 plus million Americans, it funds an $800 billion tax cut, including retroactive payments, for millionaires.

It would however cut deeply into Medicaid, America's public health programme for the poor and disabled.

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Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Americans would be better off if lawmakers jettisoned the Republican bill and sat down together in a bipartisan effort to improve Obamacare. Mario Ritter was the editor. We love you very much.