McConnell delays vote on Senate’s ObamaCare overhaul bill

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Paul Ryan said, “Obamacare is collapsing, we must rescue this failing plan for all Americans.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday delayed the vote on his ObamaCare overhaul plan amid dwindling support from rank-and-file Republicans, touching off what is sure to be a furious scramble to revise the bill and win over GOP holdouts.

“We’re going to continue the discussion,” the Kentucky Republican said after emerging from a closed-door meeting with Republicans. “We will not be on the bill this week.”

A vote is not expected until after the July 4th recess.

President Trump, meanwhile, summoned all 52 GOP senators to a White House meeting Tuesday afternoon in hopes of determining the way forward.

While McConnell said he remains “optimistic,” the delay is another setback for Washington Republicans, considering all of them including Trump campaigned on a promise to repeal and replace the former President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 health care law.

This spring, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also had to delay a final vote on his chamber’s overhaul bill upon realizing he didn’t have the votes. It eventually passed.

At least five GOP senators — Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky — indicated after the CBO analysis that they won’t vote in favor of starting debate.

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