Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) will delay a vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare until after an upcoming congressional recess because there were too many defections within his own party, two senators have confirmed.
“We’re going to continue discussion in our conference,” McConnell told reporters. “We’re still working towards getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place.”
McConnell announced the delay to Republican senators on Tuesday afternoon, less than a week after his staffers released the Senate version of the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, Senators Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) told reporters.
At least six senators have said they oppose the bill in its current form, with no Democrats expected to support it in any form. If more than two GOP senators defect, the bill will fail.
One no vote, Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada), has been targeted by attack ads in his home state that were paid for by a pro-Trump super PAC. Heller is seen as a moderate, as well as one of the most vulnerable senators up for reelection in 2018.