WASHINGTON (AP & WNCN) —Senate Republican leaders have abruptly delayed the vote on their health care bill until after the July 4th recess.
That’s the word Tuesday as the GOP faced five defections from its ranks just hours after the Congressional Budget Office said the bill would force 22 million off insurance rolls.
It was a major blow for the seven-year-old effort to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Separately, President Donald Trump invited all GOP senators to the White House Tuesday afternoon.
“But, for the country we have to have healthcare, and it can’t be Obamacare, which is melting down,” said Trump.
The Center for American Progress estimated of the 22 million people who would lose insurance by 2026, 1.3 million are in North Carolina.
Christina Root, who lives in Raleigh, was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago as of this week. She was able to get insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
Root pointed out she’s a registered Republican, but she says she has a variety of concerns with the proposals in the Republican-controlled House and Senate to overhaul the nation’s healthcare system.
She said, “The cost of the medical care is outrageous. And, I wouldn’t want to have gotten to a situation where I’m halfway through treatment in June but I’ve hit my maximum. Do I have to wait until the next calendar year?”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said negotiations would continue as senators head home for Independence Day.
“We’re gonna continue the discussions within our conference on the differences that we have that we’re continuing to try to litigate,” said McConnell.
Root says she’s been concerned by the process under which the bill came together. A group of senators met behind closed doors for several weeks crafting it.
“Let’s slow the process down. Let’s give this to a committee to really study the CBO numbers and see what that’s telling us. And, listen to the constituents about what they want,” said Root.