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Senate GOP leaders delay health care vote as support crumbles

"But I think we have a chance to do something very, very important for the public". Most wore grim expressions.

"But we're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place" to vote for the measure, McConnell said.

Meanwhile, Democrats on the Hill were organizing news conference after news conference, including a large showing of Democratic senators who gathered on the Capitol steps to lambast the already-beleaguered bill. It was short of support heading toward a critical procedural vote on Wednesday, and prospects for changing that are uncertain.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, told reporters, "The hope is that we can at least have an agreement on what we can get enough votes on this week and turn to it as soon as we come back" from July 4 recess.

He is part of a bloc of senators who are withholding support for the bill, asking for changes to move the legislation in a more conservative direction. "As drafted, the Senate health care bill is not the right fix for West Virginia, and I can not support it". Last week, Mr. Trump tweeted that he is "very supportive" of the Senate bill.

But after senators from Maine, Nevada, Utah and Wisconsin all said they would vote against a motion to begin debate, McConnell pulled the bill for continued intraparty negotiations.

With thousands in DE slated to lose heath care if the Republican-crafted attempt at an American Care Act replacement passes, Gov. John Carney attacked it as "unacceptable".

"This is going to be a devastating bill and have a tremendous impact on patients and families", she said.

As the GOP move into the Senate to "Repeal and Replace" the Affordable Care Act, they will face some steep challenges from both sides of the aisle today.

But the hurdle for McConnell remains divisions within his own party. That infuriated McConnell, who called White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to label the attacks "beyond stupid". "That's not the only one", Capito told reporters. The group took down the ads Tuesday night.

The draft bill struggled from the outset.

Aides were also seen scurrying around in the Capitol trying to buttonhole members and their key staff about where things now stand, with the idea being to have a menu of options ready for the Senate Republicans' weekly Tuesday lunch, where McConnell ultimately announced his decision to delay. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), and Sen.

"It's a very complicated subject", McConnell said about the measure.

The new proposal, which was crafted in secret by McConnell and GOP staffers, worries some conservative and moderate Republicans in the upper chamber - particularly because of the 22 million people it would strip insurance from over the next decade, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

In New Jersey, 520,000 people would lose coverage by 2021 under the Senate bill, according to a report issued Tuesday by New Jersey Policy Perspective, a progressive research group.

The Senate is scheduled to reconvene on July 11 for three weeks before another break in August.

That's the word Tuesday as the GOP faced five defections from its ranks just hours after the Congressional Budget Office said the bill would force 22 million off insurance rolls. "Senator Toomey has noted numerous times that any Senate health care bill will ensure no one will lose their federal Medicaid eligibility, and no one now covered by Obamacare will have the rug pulled out from under them".

Moderate Republicans were concerned that too many people would lose health coverage under the bill while conservatives said it wouldn't do enough to reduce premiums.

"If we make it harder and more expensive for people to get health care coverage, it's going to make this crisis worse", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said then.

It would let states ease Obama's requirements that insurers cover certain specified services like substance abuse treatments. The law imposed a series of tax increases mainly targeted high-income families. The analysis did not include the tax credits that people would receive to help buy health insurance.


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