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GOP delays vote on bill to overhaul Obamacare

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Admitting that he does not have enough Senate votes to move forward with the GOP’s newest health insurance overhaul proposal, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday delayed a vote on the measure, making unclear the future of Republican attempts to revise or replace the Affordable Care Act.

Moderates and conservatives in his party expressed mixed views on bill, and McConnell stated that he could not muster the necessary support.

“We will not be on the bill this week, but we’re still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place,” McConnell told reporters in announcing the delay.

Even though a potential debate has been pushed until after the Fourth of July recess, there is no guarantee that the bill will gain momentum.

“It’s an ongoing discussion, and several of them [senators] want more time,” McConnell said.

The Senate proposal would allow states to alter mandates that are part of the current law, and would reverse a provision requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance. The GOP initiative would maintain tax credits for lower-income Americans who purchase coverage and would delay cuts to Medicaid.

Conservatives say the bill doesn’t go far enough to repeal the law, while moderates are concerned the number of uninsured would rise to unacceptable levels.

Democrats, meanwhile, said that the current attempt to revise the legislation that they passed in 2010 at the urging of former President Barack Obama  would be met with strong opposition.

“We know the fight is not over. That is for sure,” said minority leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York.

He added that McConnell “will try to use a slush fund to buy off Republicans, cut back-room deals, to try and get this thing done.”


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