US Senate Republican leaders have delayed the vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare until after next week’s Fourth of July holiday due to a lack of party support.
The announcement made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday came as a setback to the Republicans to replace Obamacare, which according to the Congressional Budget Office would leave an estimated 22 million more people without health insurance by 2026.
“We are going to continue the discussions within our conference on the differences that we have that we’ll continue to try to litigate,” McConnell told reporters. “Consequently, we will not be on the bill this week but we are still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place.”
It is “a big complicated bill, they’re hard to bring together and hard to pass,” he added, describing Republicans as “optimistic that we’re going to get a result that’s better than the status quo.”