Robert Gehl reports that Mitch McConnell has delayed a vote on the GOP health care bill until after the July 4 recess.
The Senate Majority Leader told Republican senators that he wants to make “changes” to the bill so he can get a new “score” from the Congressional Budget Office and have a vote after the Independence Day holiday.
On Tuesday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus invited GOP senators to the White House to try and hammer out a deal.
They were trying to woo skeptical members of their own party into supporting the bill behind closed doors. While that was going on, a fifth senator – Mike Lee from Utah – announced he would vote against the bill as it was currently written, the New York Times reports.
For the bill to pass with no Democratic support, Republicans can only afford to lose two GOP votes.
On Friday, Nevada’s Dean Heller said he was opposed to the bill. Then on Monday, three Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, said they would vote against the bill. Other senators seemed headed in the same direction.
The delay allows time for the White House and Senate leadership to rework the numbers and try to achieve a better “Score” from the CBO, which estimated that 22 million more people would be uninsured under the GOP plan.
Of course, what’s not mentioned is that a majority of those would choose to go without insurance when not forced to purchase any. Not something that the Left is making a well-known fact…