"We're getting very close", Trump told the senators. With ZERO Democrats to help, and a failed, expensive and unsafe ObamaCare as the Dems legacy, the Republican Senators are working hard!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017 Meanwhile Democrat Senate leader Charles Schumer was making it clear he'd be a tough person to negotiate with by holding a protest on the steps of Capitol building. He can afford to lose just two Republican senators from the party's 52-seat majority in the 100-seat Senate to pass healthcare. However, that 22 million number is impossible to ignore.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate GOP Whip, insisted to reporters before the Tuesday luncheon got underway that the procedural vote would take place "tomorrow sometime".
The bill, which would roll back much of President Barack Obama's health care law, has been one of the party's top priorities for years, and the delay is a major embarrassment to Trump and McConnell.
The Senate health care bill, or the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, is part of a broader plan that would cut the federal deficit by more than $300 billion. "We're optimistic we're going to get to a result that is better than the status quo".
Robert Ridge, 76, a retiree from Hazel Green, Ala., has some qualms about the lack of a public debate on the Senate bill, but he endorses the GOP's goal.
The delay is a huge blow to Trump and Republicans who have spent the last seven years plotting an end to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. They wanted full-out socialised medicine, instead of market-based insurance reform. Others think the cuts to Medicaid will leave too many Americans in the lurch, according to CBS. None of them are happy.
Medical groups are almost unanimously opposed, too, along with the AARP, though the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the bill.
What is in the bill?
The bill would phase out extra federal money that the Affordable Care Act is providing to 31 states to expand Medicaid to additional low-income earners.
"The American people don't want Medicaid slashed, they don't want the help they need to fight opioid addiction, to help their parents in nursing homes, to help those with preexisting conditions, and just to help the average person who needs good health care".
Lee and other conservatives have favored a fuller repeal of Obama's statute than the Senate bill would enact. So are several of the moderate members of the House who opposed the bill there. Moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she would vote no.
In a letter Tuesday to senators, Paralyzed Veterans of America, one of the six biggest nonpartisan veterans' groups, criticized an "opaque and closed" legislative process and proposed cuts to Medicaid that could lead to hundreds of thousands of lower-income veterans losing their insurance. And when we talk to the American people, they're not focused at all on repealing and replacing the ACA.
Only 17 percent want the 2010 bill left intact and unchanged, while a quarter of Americans want it repealed completely - including just over half of Republicans.
Congress returns from the Fourth of July holiday on Monday 10 July, and there is a three-week window before the long summer break in which the Senate can vote on a new version. His most memorable comment was to call the House legislation "mean" - a comment that came a month after he celebrated its passage with a ceremony in the Rose Garden.