Citing Lack of Votes and Amid Public Outcry, Senate Postpones Health Care Vote

By the Web Editors 6-27-2017
Attendees and featured speakers at The Summit call senators' offices to oppose the health care bill. JP Keenan/Sojourners

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has decided to put off a planned vote on a health care bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act until after the July 4 recess, CNN reported on Tuesday.

McConnell and other Republican leaders have been pressing to round up enough support for the health care legislation, but still appeared to be several votes short.

POLITICO reported Tuesday afternoon that President Donald Trump had invited Senate Republicans to the White House to discuss the bill.

While the bill is halted until at least after the recess, it's worth noting that we witnessed a similar scenario with the House version of the bill. After a week of scrambling to force through a health care plan that the Congressional Budget Office said would kick 14 million people off insurance within the first year, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) pulled the bill before a vote — only to push it through weeks later after negotiations and waning public attention.

The Senate bill is still in play, and senators are being inundated with calls, tweets, and constituent visits. For now, it seems to be working.

Reuters reporting contributed to this story.

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