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Monday, 17 July 2017 10:27

Senate health care bill on brink of collapse, vote tally shows

Written by  CBS News

Two Republican senators have already said they'll oppose a second version of leadership's health care plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and one more could kill the bill, although with Arizona senator John McCain's absence, the vote has been delayed.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was expected to release a cost estimate of the revised legislation Monday, but on Sunday said that estimate would be delayed. Some Republican senators had been awaiting the CBO score before deciding on whether they'd support the bill.

However, CBO was not going to have time to analyze the Cruz amendment by Monday, CBS News' Nancy Cordes reports. This amendment constitutes the biggest change from the first bill. Cruz's proposal would allow insurance companies to offer bare-bones insurance plans alongside Obamacare-compliant plans that would be more expensive, but that would also provide comprehensive coverage. It is likely that younger, healthier individuals would gravitate toward the skimpy plans, and sicker people would buy the Obamacare-approved plans, which is a formulation that the industry predicts will result in exceedingly high premiums for sick people.

CBO's score of the original plan projected that 22 million more people would without health insurance over the next decade.

But over the weekend, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the vote on the plan would be delayed because Arizona Republican John McCain will be absent from this week's debate as he recuperates from surgery to remove a blood clot from his eye.

Read more at CBS News

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