Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Have The Votes, Is “Delaying” Obamacare Repeal And Replace Bill

According to CNN, Mitch McConnell will delay the vote on the Republican leadership’s health care bill until after the July 4 recess.

McConnell told GOP senators that he wants to make changes to the bill, get a new Congressional Budget Office score and have a vote after the holiday.

A White House official and a GOP aide on the Hill told CNN that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and Vice President Mike Pence invited all Republican senators to White House on Tuesday afternoon.

Republican leadership, along with Pence, had sought earlier to woo members of their own party into supporting the fragile health care bill behind closed doors Tuesday, as a fifth senator came out against voting for a procedural step to advance their plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Several GOP senators had said they would oppose their party on the vote, including Sens. Rand Paul, Susan Collins, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson. Many other GOP senators were at a minimum undecided on the vote.

A Congressional Budget Office score on the measure found it would leave 22 million more people without insurance compared to present law over the next decade.

The analysis also found that the Senate bill would cause premiums to rise over the next two years, undercutting a GOP argument for the bill.