Senate Republicans returned to Washington from a holiday recess with new and deepening disagreements about their health-care bill, with key Republicans differing Sunday not merely on how to amend the bill, but also on whether a bill could pass at all. "Now they finally have their chance!" he tweeted.
Scott has been vocal in his opposition to the current health care law, and has made several trips to Washington, D.C.to talk with federal lawmakers about repealing and replacing the law.
"At a time when Kentucky is struggling with an opioid addiction epidemic, there is no question that if McConnell's legislation were to be passed, thousands of Kentuckians would no longer be able to receive the treatment they desperately need", said Mr. Sanders, Vermont independent and hero of the progressive left.
Obamacare is hardly ideal, but it did make many positive improvements, both in terms of slowing the growth of costs and in getting more people covered.
"I think my view is it's probably going to be dead", McCain said of the GOP bill. The Senate may delay its August recess to finish the healthcare overhaul, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus predicted on "Fox News Sunday". "Is the serious rewrite plan dead? I don't know. I've not seen the serious rewrite plan".
The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, which would roll back parts of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and cut the tax increases that fund it, has faced mounting challenges. Childless adults, no surprise, spurn surreal Affordable Care Act plans that must include pediatric dental coverage for kids who do not exist.
But with Republican legislators' overlapping concerns and competing interests, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to postpone the vote after it was clear that he did not have enough support to pass the legislation.
"We believe if they can't pass this carefully crafted repeal and replace bill, do those two things simultaneously, we ought to just repeal only", and then turn to replacement legislation later on, Pence said, although Trump has at times dangled the prospect of working with Democrats. He pointed to an amendment he offered that is being scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which assesses the impact of legislation. Ted Cruz's plan that proposes bare-bone insurance policies, suggesting he's uncertain about exactly how the Cruz plan works.
Critics have said that approach will result in higher premiums for older and sicker Americans, including those with chronic, pre-existing conditions, as younger, healthier people choose more basic plans.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) when asked during the recess by his constituents if he will support the bill reportedly said he was unsure if the Senate would "get a bill up" for a vote.