The GOP recently unveiled their disastrous healthcare bill, we’ve heard several unsettling statements regarding the bill, and now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has delayed the vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) until after 4th of July.
The delay does NOT mean the Republicans plans for healthcare are a lost cause, but it does show the public they’re fighting an uphill battle.
McConnell’s decision does not mean Republicans’ plans for repealing and replacing Obamacare are dead, but it highlights the challenge facing the GOP leadership as they try to bridge the divide between conservatives and moderates in the party. While the additional time could allow for more negotiations to bring more lawmakers on board, it also means members of Congress could face pressure from constituents when they go home for recess with the future of health care hanging in limbo.
A senior Senate Republican aide told CNN that the plan for the moment is to hammer out a compromise bill by the end of this week, give members the full week of recess to digest and then vote on it when they get back.
“We know what everyone needs,” the aide said. “Now we just need to make it work.”
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump spoke with McConnell on Tuesday morning and has been “fully engaged” with senators.
“For us, it is never been about the timeline but getting the best piece of legislation that helps the most,” Sanders said.
The news followed a bustling morning in the Capitol, where Republican leaders, along with Pence, were meeting behind closed doors with the bill’s opponents, as a number of senators came out against voting for a procedural step to advance their plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The most effective way to defeat the Republicans is for constituents to voice their concerns with the Obamacare replacement as Congressmen return on recess.