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US Republicans, facing health care revolt, delay Senate vote

The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a setback to their plan to replace Obamacare.Heller, perhaps the GOP’s most vulnerable senator up for re-election in 2018, has said he would vote against the current version of a health care bill aimed at overhauling Obamacare.The Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is now being poured over by Senate Republicans and their staff, but the early prognosis for a vote this week is not good. “It’s like an arsonist saying, ‘I didn’t burn the house down, I just took the ground back to pre-house levels'”. Twenty-one percent of Republicans oppose the bill and just 35 percent support it. Sixty-eight percent of independents also oppose the proposed legislation. An earlier CBO analysis said that measure would cause 23 million more Americans to lose health coverage by 2026.United States stock prices fell on Tuesday after the decision to postpone the vote.Five Senate Republicans on Tuesday had said they were not ready to vote on the bill without alterations, the bill can not afford to lose more than two votes.”It’s going to be very close, but we’re working with each one of them in trying to accommodate their concerns without losing other support”, No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said Monday.”We need to stabilize the health insurance market to make it more competitive so consumers have access to better and more affordable health care policies”, he said in his Monday statement.Republicans have blasted Obamacare over the past eight years for various reasons, such as driving up the cost of healthcare and leaving consumers with fewer choices.”You can cap health care coverage but you can’t cap health care needs”.The fate of the Senate bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act is up in the air.But it would balloon out-of-pocket medical expenses for the working poor and those age 50 to 64.Jerry Moran (R-KS) – who wasn’t on anyone’s radar – that he was opposed to the bill as it now stands. Recent days have seen dozens of demonstrators arrested on Capitol Hill.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told his Republican colleagues he would delay a planned vote this week until after the weeklong recess centered on the July Fourth national holiday commemorating the country’s 18th-century independence from England. And they’re really conscious of the fact that they still have not delivered to President Trump a major legislative win since he’s come into office. He didn’t want to talk about how Ohio Sen. “I think they’re going to do it”.Republican leaders were in a fierce push on Tuesday to shore up support for a healthcare bill in the U.S. Senate after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said 22 million Americans would lose insurance over the next decade under the measure. Hit hardest would be lower-income people between the ages of 50 and 64 and people struggling with chronic illness or battling addiction – numerous same voters who believed President Trump’s promises to improve their health care.