Politics The Latest: Senator says he may not back health care bill

03:11  18 july  2017
03:11  18 july  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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Sen . Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says he has "a hard time believing I'll have enough information for me to support a motion to proceed this week." But first she joined several Democratic senators in criticizing the GOP health care bill , saying it was a "tax cut for the rich bill ."

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Protesters against the Republican health care bill talk to US. Capitol Police officer near the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Monday, July 17, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)© The Associated Press Protesters against the Republican health care bill talk to US. Capitol Police officer near the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Monday, July 17, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the congressional effort to overhaul the national health care law (all times local):

6:55 p.m.

A third Republican senator is signaling he may not back his party's health care bill when it finally comes to a vote. That puts the high-profile legislation in deep jeopardy.

Conservative Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he's spoken to colleagues and confirmed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said future Medicaid cuts planned by the health care measure will "never happen."

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Senator McConnell Delays Vote on Senate Health Care Bill . Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to work with his Republican colleagues to revise a bill that benefits everyone, he said on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Washington D.C. Republican leadership decided to postpone the vote

Senator McConnell Delays Vote on Senate Health Care Bill . Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to work with his Republican colleagues to revise a bill that benefits everyone, he said on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Washington D.C. Republican leadership decided to postpone the vote

Johnson tells reporters such comments are "troubling" and "a real breach of trust."

He says he's no longer urging colleagues to vote to begin debate on the measure. That vote is now expected as early as next week.

The measure will be derailed if three of the 52 GOP senators oppose it. Two other Republicans have already said they're against it.

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6:50 p.m.

A conservative Republican who is running to unseat Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says she's met with White House officials about the campaign.

Kelli Ward says said she was encouraged by the meeting at the White House, but wouldn't discuss details.

The White House meeting points to strained ties between Flake and President Donald Trump. Flake was an outspoken Republican critic of Trump in last year's presidential contest. He's facing the possibility of multiple GOP rivals in the 2018 primary.

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Senator McConnell Delays Vote on Senate Health Care Bill . Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to work with his Republican colleagues to revise a bill that benefits everyone, he said on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Washington D.C. Republican leadership decided to postpone the vote

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Ward is a former state senator who sought to unseat Sen. John McCain in 2016.

She calls Flake ineffective but acknowledges ousting an incumbent is difficult. But Ward points to Trump's surprise win in 2016 and says "times have changed."

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4:30 p.m.

Foes from left and right are using the delayed vote on the Republican health care bill to make it as politically toxic as possible for wavering GOP senators to support it.

But the postponement also gives Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the White House more time to cut the deals they need to rescue the imperiled measure.

McConnell signaled Monday that days of bargaining and persuasion with reluctant colleagues lay ahead. He says the only way to prevail "is with continued hard work, and that's just what we intend to do. "

The AARP is aiming TV and radio ads at undecided, moderate Republican senators in five states. From the right, Americans for Prosperity is rallying its members to urge senators to make the bill even more conservative.

CBO scores modified version of Senate GOP's repeal and replace plan .
This score differs from a cost estimate CBO released Wednesday, which analyzed plan to repeal 2010 health care law now and replace it later . Here's what the CBO said about earlier versions of the Senate bill:Repeal only (CBO estimate: July 19): That estimate projected that 32 million more people would become uninsured over the next decade. It also said that 17 million more people would become uninsured next year, compared to current law.Version 1 of BRCA (CBO estimate, June 26): The original version of BCRA would have left 22 million more people uninsured over the next 10 years.

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