Healthcare Bill in Jeopardy
Following a growing list of defectors choosing to not vote for the Healthcare bill, Mitch McConnell postponed the vote to after the Fourth of July recess. After seven years of fighting to repeal President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) there is a possibility their actions will fail. More Republicans withdrew their support after the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) reported that the new healthcare program would leave an estimated 22 million more people without health insurance by 2026.
Discussions to Continue
One of the biggest dissenters is Rand Paul of Kentucky. He is concerned the bill does not do enough to repeal Obamacare’s regulation and decrease the deficit. Ted Cruz, of Texas, applauded the decision to delay the vote. He offered some hope by saying there are still productive conversations going on about the bill. Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson said he is pleased there will be more time to analyze the healthcare bill. He said he looks forward to taking time, in the coming days, to improve the bill.
Mike Lee of Utah, is also opposed to the bill in its present form. Dean Heller of Nevada is up for reelection in his state in 2018. He opposed the cuts to Medicaid and said the draft bill would not lower people’s premiums. Susan Collins, of Maine, has “fundamental issues” with the current draft of the bill. She said these concerns have been confirmed by the CBO report. Jerry Moran of Kansas said the process was simply moving too fast. He said, “Now is the time to take a step back and put the full legislative process to work.”
West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito wants to secure more funding for Medicaid since her state has the largest population of recipients. Rob Portman of Ohio wants to ensure more funding for Medicaid as well.
McConnell can only afford to lose two votes on the bill for it to pass.