Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday delayed a vote previously planned for this week amid mounting opposition from moderate and conservative members. Most people, 37%, would blame Republicans in Congress.
In contrast to his hard sell on the House healthcare bill, The Washington Post and The New York Times published reports late Tuesday saying Trump had done little to get the reluctant GOP senators to come to an agreement. Most wore grim expressions.
"We're optimistic we're going to get to a result that's better than the status quo", he said. He promised to revisit the legislation after the recess.
After the bill was made publicly available Thursday, Gardner told reporters, "We need to learn more and get the information and numbers behind it.That's not a no". Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said the Senate bill is "just as bad" as the bill the House passed in early May.
The Medicaid cuts and projected coverage losses under the Senate measure have cast doubt on whether Republican leaders will be able to muster enough votes for passage.
An American First Policies official said the group chose to pull the seven-figure ad campaign after Heller announced plans to visit the White House with other Republicans on Tuesday, according to Politico.
"There are a lot of good reasons not to have the vote this week", he continued, but one really big reason: "McConnell would have lost". Recent days have seen dozens of demonstrators arrested on Capitol Hill.
Medical groups are almost unanimously opposed, too, along with the AARP, though the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the bill.
On June 22, Senate Republicans released a draft of the Better Care and Reconciliation Act, which is their version of the health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. A few other Republican senators feel similarly. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Politico reports.More news: All you need to know about New Zealand's defeat by Bangladesh
But the Republicans' own divisions are what has stymied them.
"It's a very complicated subject", McConnell said.
President Donald Turmp meets with GOP senators Tuesday.
"For us it's never been about the timeline", she told reporters.
The gathering is reminiscent of the health care effort in the House, when Trump hosted Republican congressmen after Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to pull the first version of the House bill - presumably to apply pressure.
It may be an unattainable mission given the divide between the moderate and hardcore conservative Senate Republicans over legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. Ron Johnson, and Texas Sen.
"Republicans who were already nervous, ran for the exits after the nonpartisan congressional budget office (CBO) announced yesterday that under the GOP plan, 22 million people would lose their health coverage".
Meanwhile, Murphy said there are several aspects of the new healthcare bill Democrats could help fix, if given the opportunity.