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Hoeven doesn’t support health care bill in current form

Lee was among four conservatives who announced last week that they were against the current version of the legislation.The bill’s prospects were not helped by an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Monday saying the measure would cause 22 million Americans to lose medical insurance over the next decade even as it reduced the federal deficit by $321 billion over the next decade.Even with a two-seat majority in the Senate, McConnell conceded he had struggled to get enough Republicans to back the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.US Senate Republican leaders have delayed the vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare until after next week’s Fourth of July holiday due to a lack of party support.Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate GOP Whip, insisted to reporters before the Tuesday luncheon got underway that the procedural vote would take place “tomorrow sometime”. If the bill fails, McConnell will argue, the only option will be working with Democrats, which will certainly lead to a less conservative outcome.Separately, President Donald Trump has invited all GOP senators to the White House Tuesday afternoon. Senate leaders could use some of those additional savings to attract moderate votes by making Medicaid and other provisions more generous, though conservatives would rather use that money to reduce government red ink.One moderate who has criticized the measure’s Medicaid cuts, Sen.McConnell called White House chief of staff Reince Priebus this weekend and expressed his displeasure about America First going after Heller, a source tells CNN. Capito and another moderate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, one of the bill’s critics, said of the delay.After years of campaigning on the full repeal of this economically crippling entitlement program, a watered-down partial repeal bill apparently remains a bridge too far.Facing a perilous path for their health care bill, Senate Republican leaders have made a decision to push off a vote until after Congress returns from next week’s July Fourth recess, GOP aides confirm to NPR’s Susan Davis. This means that McConnell has about $200 billion in cushion to make compromises with individual senators to win over their votes.Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are fellow moderates who’ve raised concerns about the Senate health bill for a variety of reasons. Because that is exactly what the Senate GOP healthcare bill does: it restores Obamacare. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada.After the White House meeting, McConnell told reporters, “either Republicans will agree and change the status quo, or the markets will continue to collapse and we’ll have to sit down with Senator Schumer”. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said the Senate bill is “just as bad” as the bill the House passed in early May.In one example, the report says that in 2026 under Obama’s law, a 64-year-old earning $26,500 would pay premiums amounting to $1,700 a year, after subsidies. But moderates like Heller and Susan Collins of ME criticize the bill as overly punitive in throwing people off insurance roles and limiting benefits paid by Medicaid, which has become the nation’s biggest health care program, covering nursing home care for seniors as well as care for many poor Americans. Otherwise, the House could pass a new version and send it back to the Senate. These tax breaks will result in the increased premiums and out of pocket costs and the weakening of Medicare.That is because standard policies would be skimpier than now offered under Mr Obama’s law, covering a smaller share of expected medical costs.