Seeing that he did not have enough votes to move the BCRA forward, Senator Mitch McConnell pulled the bill back to consider certain amendments to appease objections from various law makers.
But the measure, culminating the GOP's seven years of pledging to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, encountered turbulence from influential Republican governors and the nation's largest doctors' group.
For Republicans, not passing a repeal and replace package will mean they'll have to pour tens of billions more into Obamacare to shore up the state exchanges. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), when confronted outside the Capitol by reporters asking him to respond to Johnson's allegation, said to his driver "I think we ought to go", got into his vehicle, and drove away.
"This bill would impose fundamental, sweeping changes in the Medicaid program", Collins said.
Also, the updated health care bill keeps the deep cuts to federal support for Medicaid, which covers more than 70 million low-income Americans.
"At the end of the day, I don't know whether it will pass", Collins, an early and vocal opponent of the B.C.R.A., said during an interview with CNN on Sunday.
A previous version of the health-care bill was pulled from the floor of the House of Representatives in March after it failed to gain enough votes to advance.
McConnell and top Trump administration officials plan to spend the next few days cajoling senators and home-state governors in an effort to nail down support for the bill. The changes include an amendment by Texas Republican Sen.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the bill would cut Medicaid by almost $800 billion by 2026, and would cut Medicaid 35 percent come 2036.
There's a growing sense in the Senate that McConnell won't stop adjusting the bill until he has the votes.
The GOP, which holds 52 seats in the Senate, had already seen two defections and could not afford a third.
Several other GOP Senators remain publicly undecided - Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Dean Heller of Nevada.
"Well, I'm gonna take a look at the bill".
Opposition comes from right and left. But critics argue that younger, healthier individuals would opt for the bare-bones plans, which would eventually result in higher premiums for individuals who are sicker or have pre-existing conditions. - "McConnell expects a new CBO score next week on the new underlying bill".
"After conferring with trusted experts regarding the latest version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment, I have decided I can not support the current version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act", Sen.
The Cruz amendment "is simply unworkable in any form and would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, increase premiums and lead to widespread terminations of coverage for people now enrolled in the individual market", wrote the CEOs of America's Health Insurance Plans and the BlueCross BlueShield Association.
But McConnell also acknowledged that if the broader effort fails, he may turn to a smaller bill with quick help for insurers and consumers and negotiate with Democrats.
The CBO was widely expected to release the report Monday, and it is now unclear when that assessment will come out.
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