WASHINGTON (AP) — Sources tell the Associated Press that Senate Republican leaders have abruptly delayed the vote on their health care bill until after the July 4th recess.
That’s the word Tuesday as the GOP faced five defections from its ranks just hours after the Congressional Budget Office said the bill would force 22 million off insurance rolls.
It was a major blow for the seven-year-old effort to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Separately, President Donald Trump has invited all GOP senators to the White House Tuesday afternoon.
Millionaires would get tax cuts
New analysis shows that millionaires would get tax cuts averaging $52,000 a year from the Senate Republicans’ health bill.
Middle-income families would get about $260.
The analysis was done by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. It found that half of the tax cuts would go to families making more than $500,000 a year.
At the other end, families making $20,000 a year would, on average, get a $190 tax cut.
The Republican health bill would repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health law. The law imposed a series of tax increases mainly targeted high-income families. The Senate Republican bill would repeal the taxes, though not all at once.
Vets organizations oppose bill
Major veterans’ organizations are voicing concerns about a Senate Republican bill to repeal the nation’s health care law. They fear the impact of rising insurance costs and are worried the underfunded Department of Veterans Affairs won’t be able to fill the coverage gap.
Paralyzed Veterans of America is one of the six biggest nonpartisan veterans’ groups. In a letter to senators Tuesday, it criticized an “opaque and closed” legislative process and proposed cuts to Medicaid that could lead to hundreds of thousands of lower-income veterans losing their insurance.
The organization joins a Democratic-leaning group, VoteVets, in opposing the bill. VoteVets launched a six-figure ad campaign in two states to pressure senators.
Disabled American Veterans and AMVETS also are expressing concern about the Senate legislation backed by President Donald Trump.
Senator heads to White House
One of a handful of Republican senators opposing the Senate health care bill is headed to the White House to talk with President Donald Trump about the measure.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tweeted about his visit, saying he was: “Headed to meet with @realDonaldTrump this afternoon.” He added that the current bill is “not real repeal and needs major improvement.”
Paul has said it is worse to “pass a bad bill than to pass no bill.”
Senate leaders are scrambled to rescue their health care bill in the face of defections after Congress’ nonpartisan budget office said the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been aiming to win Senate passage for the bill his week.