BREAKING — There will be no vote this week in the Senate on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act put in place by President Obama.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) shook his head and said “no” when asked by reporters about plans for a vote as senators emerged from a closed-door meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, President Donald J. Trump criticized the GOP holdouts who oppose the healthcare bill, acknowledging it may not pass. Leading the holdouts are Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).
“At some point, there will be a repeal and replace but we’ll see whether or not that point is now, or will it be shortly thereafter … but we are disappointed in so-called Republicans,” Trump said Tuesday morning.
On Monday, four GOP senators said they could not support the Graham-Cassidy bill, thus, resulting in fewer than the needed number of votes. The four culprits are Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Senator Collins pointed to the bill’s massive cuts to Medicaid.
“It would have changed the program in a way that would have put health care at risk for some of our most vulnerable citizens, including disabled children and low-income seniors,” she told reporters.
Democrats say they want to work on a bipartisan solution.
“Once this repeal effort is gone, we are willing, eager to sit down and come up with bipartisan improvements,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said.
But Republicans insist the current structure must be repealed.
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