Republican leaders yesterday (Tuesday 26th September) revealed that they would not vote on the bill to repeal Obamacare.
The resulting delay is a big defeat for President Trump and the GOP, whose promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act stretches back seven years, and was a key aspect of Trump’s campaign.
The shelving of the vote came under 24 hours after Senate member Susan Collins publicly opposed the bill, joining John McCain and Rand Paul. This would have meant just one too many members against the bill for it to pass.
Sen. Tim Scott said: “It’s obvious – we don’t have the votes right now, you don’t vote until you have them.”
Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader, said: “We haven’t given up on changing the American health care system. We are not going to be able to do that this week.”
He added: “But it still lies ahead of us, and we haven’t given up on that.”
This next attempt could be the Republican’s passing its next budget resolution, which they originally intended to use to focus on tax reform.