Last Friday, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R) stood alongside Governor Brian Sandoval (R) as he announced his opposition to the Senate Trumpcare bill… As currently written. What’s happened since then? Can the controversial bill make a comeback next month?
Hard-line Conservative Republicans Defect
Senators Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) oppose Trumpcare from the right. They want the Affordable Care Act (ACA) completely repealed.
More Moderate Republicans Also Defect
Following Dean Heller’s big announcement on Trumpcare, other less conservative Republicans backed away. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) oppose the bill’s cuts to Medicaid and Planned Parenthood programs.
McConnell Concedes Defeat…
Once it became clear Senate Republicans lacked the votes to pass Trumpcare, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) announced the Senate would postpone a floor vote.
But Not for Long?
Remember, McConnell is merely postponing the Senate vote on Trumpcare. He wants to bring it back next month, and Cruz is already working on a proposal to weaken consumer protections that could win back Republican doubters.
Could Dean Heller flip (yet) again?
Less than a week after Senator Heller seemingly ruled out a vote for Trumpcare, he was far more cagey when asked by a CNN reporter yesterday. Keep an eye on Heller as Republican leaders try to revive Trumpcare (yet again) in July.