In news that is just coming out over the wire, Senators Mike Lee and Jerry Moran, both Republicans, have announced their opposition to the Senate’s health care bill, effectively killing it in its current form.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) July 18, 2017
A vote to move the bill forward was put on hiatus after John McCain had surgery to remove a blood clot, and Senate leadership was already looking for a 50-50 vote at best, assuming Lee were to support it.
The bill has received criticism from the conservative and moderate wings of the party for various reasons. GOP leadership in both chambers of Congress were looking for a quick passage of the bill to get it to President Donald Trump’s desk.
Health care reform is effectively shelved in Congress now as leadership determines its next move… if there even is one.