Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only afford to lose two Republican votes and already two senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME, are firmly against it, but for different reasons.
The Republicans are using the budget reconciliation process (51 votes to pass) instead of a normal Senate bill vote (60 votes) to try to repeal and replace Obamacare because they don't have 60 votes to overcome a Democratic filibuster.
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Prospects for passage are still uncertain, despite efforts to modify the legislation to bring aboard recalcitrant conservatives and moderates. "I remain hopeful and I think we got something now that we can work with".
But shortly after the revamped bill's release, two Republicans confirmed their opposition against it, while at least five more expressed deep concerns. This exemption could have the effect of ensuring that members of Congress have coverage for a wider array of benefits than other Americans who purchase their own coverage. Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Losing those two votes will make it hard to garner a number of votes needed for the bill to pass.
In addition to legislation to dismantle the 2010 Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare, the postponement will allow more time to approve nominees to government posts and tend to other pressing matters, McConnell said in an earlier statement.
And even undecided senators, like Thom Tillis of North Carolina, are asking their colleagues to allow that vote to go through.
Flake, who is up for re-election next year and considered politically vulnerable, has mainly avoided public comment on repealing former President Barack Obama's health care law in recent weeks.
The latest revision scraps plans to repeal two taxes on wealthy Americans that help fund Obamacare, and also drops a repeal of a tax on health insurance executives. Last month it reported that the original senate plan would leave 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026.