U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, says he’s pleased GOP leaders have decided to delay a vote on the chamber’s Obamacare repeal bill until after the July 4th recess.
Johnson and a handful of other Republicans had said they weren’t ready to vote on the bill this week, denying Senate GOP leaders enough support to kick off the process.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday leadership would delay the vote until after the July 4th recess and that they were “still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place” to vote for the bill, dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
Johnson drew national attention after releasing a statement with three other conservatives saying they weren’t ready to vote for the proposal. He’s raised concerns the bill was getting rushed and that it wouldn’t do enough to address underlying problems with the Affordable Care Act.
“I’m pleased Senate leadership has agreed to give us more time to analyze the health care bill,” he said in a statement after today’s announcement. “A vote this week would have been rushed, and I look forward to taking time in the coming days to improve this bill.”
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, meanwhile, slammed the Republican health care bill in a news conference at the Capitol.
Baldwin, D-Madison, noted that when she was a child, she had “been branded with those terrifying words — pre-existing condition” that shut her out of any health insurance plan.
She also held up a picture of a child, Zoe, from Seymour who was born with a congenital heart defect and had open-heart surgery. Her health coverage, she said, would be at risk under the bill’s provisions that let states waive some essential health benefits that insurers are currently required to cover.
“The people of Wisconsin did not send me to the United States Senate to take people’s health care away, and I won’t stop fighting to protect the health care that people have today,” she said.