At least five Republican senators - conservatives and moderates - have said they would vote against even beginning debate, and the bill would be derailed if just three of the 52 Republican senators voted against it.
McConnell needs at least 50 Republicans on board to pass the bill (Vice President Pence can be the 51st vote), which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says will cause 22 million Americans to lose their health care by 2020 by cutting Medicaid and individual subsidies to buy insurance.
Yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Republican senators on Tuesday that he wants to amend the bill and obtain a new CBO score before bringing it up for a vote after the recess, according to CNN.
"Legislation of this complexity nearly always takes longer than anybody would hope", McConnell added, as GOP Senators were to meet later in the day with President Donald Trump at the White House. Moderate Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said Friday he'd oppose the procedural motion without alterations.
Graham is still leaning yes on voting in support of the bill. McConnell had previously been adamant that he wanted to get a vote in before everyone left town to frolic on the beach, eat hot dogs, and misunderstand the meaning of "Born in the United States of America", but it just wasn't in the cards.More news: Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna feeling 'weird,' mentally off
Lee deserves credit, Matheson said, for "standing up for the hardworking Utahn, the one who's not getting anything out of the current bill".
"I have not heard back from the leadership with any suggestions for changes", Collins said. Though the bill can pass without their votes, many others have said they won't support the bill as-is, or that they need more time to discuss and revise before allowing a vote.
But some of his colleagues are less sure about the measure, with a growing number voicing concerns about the proposal after Monday's Congressional Budget Office analysis and Tuesday's announcement that the vote would be delayed.
At a White House meeting with GOP senators later Tuesday, Trump shrugged off the delay and said "we're getting very close" to striking a deal despite the disagreements.
Passing the measure would hand Mr Trump a legislative win as he seeks to shift attention after weeks of questions over Russia's role in last year's USA presidential election.More news: Syrian Observatory: air strike kills 42 in Islamic State-held town
One conservative senator that Trump reached out to Monday was GOP Sen.
Mitch McConnell's problem is that if he moves to the right, he loses the middle.
Moments after the CBO score was released Sen. They also wanted more money for tax-free health savings accounts to help people pay for private insurance.
For states like MI with Medicaid expansion, the Senate bill would reduce federal funding starting in 2021.
"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", she added.More news: India's largest container port hit by global cyber attack
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