WASHINGTON (AP) – Sources tell the Associated Press that 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 has invited all GOP senators to the White House Tuesday afternoon.
New analysis shows that millionaires would get tax cuts averaging $52,000 a year from the Senate Republicans’ health bill.
Middle-income families would get about $260.
The analysis was done by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. It found that half of the tax cuts would go to families making more than $500,000 a year.
At the other end, families making $20,000 a year would, on average, get a $190 tax cut.
The Republican health bill would repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health law. The law imposed a series of tax increases mainly targeted high-income families. The Senate Republican bill would repeal the taxes, though not all at once.