Republican senators failed once again to obtain the necessary votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - aka Obamacare - with legislation that would have bumped millions off insurance. But they should not included a provision that was added to the latest version of the Senate reform bill, which would allow insurance companies to offer "junk plans", stripped-down policies that don't cover many essentials, she added.
Trump appeared to deflect blame for the setbacks.
The failure suggests an inability by Trump - a political neophyte who often highlighted his lack of connections to establishment Washington - to get members of his own party to fall into line.
ALISON KODJAK, BYLINE: Hi, Robert. Congress and the administration also need to commit publicly to paying for the subsidies that the law requires insurers to provide to low-income consumers for out-of-pocket costs.
"We have demonstrated that Republicans by themselves are not prepared at this particular point to do a replacement", McConnell told reporters Tuesday. "I believe Obamacare is broken". McConnell proposes allowing two years for Congress to draft and pass a replacement. "The Dems scream death as OCare dies!"
Inaction would mean they'd continue getting coverage at little or no cost.
"It will be a lot easier".
"I'm going to oppose the motion to proceed", Collins told reporters. That's what makes young, healthy people buy insurance, because there's a threat of a fine. "They MUST keep their promise to America!" "We'll have to see what happens", McConnell said in a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
Trump invited all Republican senators to discuss healthcare over lunch at the White House on Wednesday, a White House official said. Mark Kirk voting against the plan. And why are premiums rising?
"It's always going to be difficult to do both", Hatch said.
No action would also kill a provision in the bill that would have allowed Dean to buy cheaper insurance.
The measure proposed by Senatre Republicans consists of a two-year delay, a move designed to give lawmakers sufficient time to devise an Obamacare replacement plan. "We need to be grateful for that reprieve but we need not assume that it's done".
KODJAK: Yeah, Medicaid was a big part of the controversy on these bills. But now that seems less likely. With the defection of Murkowski, Capito and Collins, the bill has no more than 49 in the yes column.
But by midafternoon Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to hold a vote on a repeal-only bill had faltered, too.
"Now the gridlock is owned by the Republicans", he said. We've won and are winning the war as you know on the border. It completes a half century-plus crusade to bring the government into the health insurance realm.