Senate Leaders Brace for Delayed CBO Health Bill Estimate as Vote Delayed
  [Monday, July 17, 2017 7:07:00 AM]
The Hill
Senate Republicans anxiously awaiting a key analysis of their revised health bill have more time to wait, and debate on the controversial measure that had been expected this week.

The delay in a potential vote follows a medical scare involving one of its potential backers.

Two Republicans have come out against the plan, meaning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must get the rest of his colleagues to vote for the measure. But Senator John McCain will be home in Arizona this week, recovering from unexpected surgery – leaving McConnell at least one vote short of the 50 he would need to advance the measure.

“While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act,” McConnell said in a statement late Saturday.

McCain’s surgery buys McConnell more time to shore up support among a number of holdouts, including Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Dean Heller of Nevada.

Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office is expected to soon issue its estimate of the new plan’s impact on health coverage and the federal budget deficit, although not on Monday, as many had anticipated. Regardless of the timing, Republicans hope the report will look better than an earlier version, which said the Republican plan would cause 22 million Americans to lose insurance by 2026.

Repealing and replacing Obamacare was a key campaign promise of President Trump and is considered his top domestic legislative goal. 

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