According to reports by CNN and Fox News, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will delay a vote on the Senate’s healthcare reconciliation plan until after the July 4 recess.
Several conservatives, including Sens. Mike Lee, Ron Johnson and Rand Paul, along with liberal Democrat-with-an-R Susan Collins oppose the bill, albeit for different reasons.
I want to work w/ my GOP & Dem colleagues to fix the flaws in ACA. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it. I will vote no on mtp. 1/3
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 26, 2017
The bill needs some work, notably on two issues. One is allowing states more flexibility to deal with Medicaid and free market solutions, including waiting periods for pre-existing conditions; and the other is dealing with funding Planned Parenthood.
CNN reported that McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence decided at a “power lunch” to delay the voting until these issues could be worked out, and more senators could be brought on board to support the bill.