US Senate won't vote on Obamacare repeal bill

Unaffordable Medical Care Will Remain Unavailable

Bill Cassidy, a co-sponsor of the bill, said during an afternoon briefing on Capitol Hill. John Kennedy, R-La., leaving a luncheon where GOP senators decided against holding a futile roll call. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the plug on the latest version of a bill created to dismantle the controversial health law.

Trump didn't name any of the four GOP senators who've said they're against the doomed measure.

Republicans are also strongly in agreement on a need for action on overhauling the loophole-ridden USA tax code, and hope that if they also succeed in getting Americans a tax cut, their failure on health care will be forgiven. "We're going to fulfill our promise to repeal and replace".

Trump's attack was the latest instance in which he's derided fellow Republicans during this year's up-and-mostly-down GOP drive to deliver on their pledge to demolish President Barack Obama's health care law. They've been promising to erase that law since its 2010 enactment but have never rallied behind a plan to replace it. McConnell said: "Where we go from here is tax reform".

Rejection became all but inevitable Monday after Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins of ME said she opposed the latest version of the bill.

McCain joined Kentucky's Sen.

The decision comes after three Senate Republicans came out against the latest version of the measure - John McCain of Arizona, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine. Cruz aides said he was seeking changes that would let him vote yes.

Sanders held out hope that opposing lawmakers might change their minds, or that undecided senators - like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - will support it. Bernie Sanders. That measure is backed by many Democrats and would create government-run health insurance.

U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for Senate Republicans to get rid of the legislative filibuster of requiring 60 vote for a Bill and move towards passing legislation with a 51-vote majority.

The retreat left the GOP's next steps on health care unclear, especially with a president who in recent weeks has reached out to congressional Democratic leaders on high-agenda items like the budget and immigration.

Democrats rejoiced over the GOP's retreat.

Senate Republicans, short of votes, abandoned their latest and possibly final attempt to kill the health care law Tuesday, just ahead of a critical end-of-the-week deadline. Trump has threatened to block those payments.

For Trump, the failure added one more justification for his ongoing grudge against McConnell, and provided another reason to turn his back on Republicans and make deals with Democrats instead, as he's begun to do of late. Others challenged the value of shining a fresh spotlight on their inability to pass the bill.

"At some point there will be a repeal and replace", Trump said when reporters asked if he wanted the Senate to vote on the measure this week. Graham Cassidy is structured to slash federal spending on health care, particularly the Medicaid program for low-income Americans-a program that Kasich expanded in his state under Obamacare.

The GOP's predicament was summed up bluntly by Sen.

"It's not if, it's only a matter of when", said Lindsey Graham of SC, another co-sponsor of the latest bill.

Under the bill, "millions fewer" people would have health insurance over the next decade according to a preliminary analysis released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).

Standing alongside Cassidy, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: "We haven't given up on changing the American health care system".