>> And we're delaying the process so that we can close those remaining issues.>> Lacking the votes to move ahead, Senate Republicans put their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare on hold.>> We're gonna continue the discussion.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is admitting he does not have the support he needs at this point to dismantle former President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Postponing a vote until mind July at the earliest as he tries to bring more of his fellow Republicans on board. At least six of them, both moderates and conservatives, flat out opposed the bill, many more are on the fence. This delay gives McConnell more time to twist arms but make no mistake.
This is a real setback for the Republicans.>> It is a very complicated subject.>> The Republican Senate plan unveiled last week would gradually scale back federal support for Medicaid, leading to sharp cutbacks in the 31 states that expanded the program under President Obama's Affordable Care Act. The non-partisan congressional budget office on Monday said that 22 million fewer Americans would have health insurance, if those cutbacks go into effect under the Senate bill.
>> We need changes to this.>> Republican governor, John Kasich of Ohio, blasting the plan on Tuesday, adding to the chorus of those who say it is too harsh on the poor.>> And you got 22, 23 million Americans who lose health insurance and they think that's great, that's good public policy?
What are you, kidding me?>> President Donald Trump calling all 52 senate republicans to the White House to figure out what's next.>> And we're gonna see what we can do, we're getting very close but for the country, we have to have healthcare. And it can't be Obamacare which is melting down.
>> They're not gonna succeed in winning the American people over.>> Democrats are all expected to oppose the bill, so McConnell can't afford to lose more than two of his Republicans. And no amount of changes would alter the basic fact that this bill offers fewer protections for the poorest Americans and in the end, that might just be too much for these Senators to swallow.
So prospects looking mighty grim for the Republican Health Bill right now, but McConnell has carrots to offer. Because his version saves more money than a similar version that passed the House of Representatives last month. He could perhaps dial back those Medicaid cuts a little bit. And remember, over in the House Republicans gave up on healthcare entirely back in March before they ultimately succeeded in May.
We'll see if their colleagues in the Senate can pull off the same trick.