Senate Republican leaders suffered a setback yesterday (June 27th) in the effort to pass their health care legislation that would repeal large parts of the Affordable Care Act, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the vote would be delayed. McConnell had wanted to hold the vote by the end of this week, before lawmakers leave Washington for the Fourth of July recess. McConnell pushed off holding a vote because he was short of the GOP votes needed to pass it, with several Republicans expressing their opposition. The number of Republicans opposed increased after the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday that the legislation would leave 22 million more people without insurance by 2026 than Obamacare. With a slim 52-48 Senate majority, McConnell can only lose two GOP votes. However, McConnell said they will come back to the legislation after the holiday break, telling reporters,
“It’s a big complicated subject, we’ve got a lot discussions going on, and we’re still optimistic we’re going to get there.”
President Trump invited Senate Republicans to the White House yesterday as he tries to use his influence to get the measure passed, but he said to reporters,
“This will be great if we get it done, and if we don’t get it done it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like, and that’s OK and I understand that very well.”
I pray this doesn’t pass.