GOP health care bill could cost state $2.9 billion a year

Posted June 29, 2017

After days of arm-twisting, Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday essentially conceded that they had not secured the votes to move forward on a massive overhaul of the American health care system and would pick up the issue again in July.

Following the decision to postpone a vote on the legislation, President Donald Trump called a meeting of GOP senators to the White House for a meeting on Tuesday afternoon. "We're going to solve the problem", the president told senators. Lawmakers in those states are wary of rescinding the benefits to their constituents and facing a tougher road to re-election. "We're optimistic we're going to get to a result that is better than the status quo". And you know, Republicans have yet to lay out a positive case for this bill.

The hallway in front of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office was the most closely watched area in the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

"We are going to talk", Trump told reporters during the meeting.

"We're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place", McConnell told reporters.

But after senators from Maine, Nevada, Utah and Wisconsin all said they would vote against a motion to begin debate, McConnell pulled the bill for continued intraparty negotiations.

Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both Republicans, were spotted heading into office ahead of Senate GOP's conference wide-lunch.

"Nothing has been promised, it's what I am looking for", she said. She wrote the current cuts to Medicaid in the bill "hurt [the] most vulnerable Americans" and that "access to healthcare in rural areas [is] threatened".

One more number to throw at you. McConnell released his proposal on June 22 after weeks of secret drafting. The report does say it would cut costs more than the House Republican bill while also taking away insurance for slightly less people.

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A look at some of the major changes to the Affordable Care Act in the GOP's new healthcare plan.

SHAPIRO: Enough Republicans were threatening to vote against the bill if it was brought to the floor, so McConnell was forced to delay the vote until after the Fourth of July holiday. Starting in 2025, Medicaid payments would be pegged to the consumer price index for all goods, which typically increases at a slower pace than health care inflation.

But the serious negotiating has yet to begin. But at least nine Republican senators - including moderates, hard-line conservatives and others - have expressed opposition to the bill in its current form.

"I have not heard back from the leadership with any suggestions for changes", Collins said.

Senate GOP leaders originally hoped to schedule a vote on the measure sometime before Friday, but it's been opposed nearly from the get-go.

"I continue to have real concerns about the Medicaid policies in this bill, especially those that impact drug treatment at a time when Ohio is facing an opioid epidemic", said Ohio Senator Rob Portman in a statement Tuesday.

"McConnell is going to relentlessly work all recess to cobble together 50 votes", Senator Chris Murphy of CT wrote on Twitter.

"We must work together".