Senate GOP leaders today postponed a vote on the Senate health care bill until after next week’s Fourth of July recess.
At least four GOP senators, including Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, said they would oppose bringing the measure to the floor this week.
Before the announcement to delay, the Wall Street Journal editorialized, in part:
What the holdouts should understand is that this is a defining political moment. They may never have a better chance to improve U.S. health care and reform government, and the window is closing.
Repairing the failing individual insurance market, putting Medicaid on budget for the first time in the entitlement’s history, and passing an enormous pro-growth tax cut are historic opportunities. If reluctant GOP Senators think they won’t be held accountable for a defeat, they should think again.
Conservatives such as Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin claim the bill doesn’t do enough to lower insurance premiums by repealing every mandate and regulation that artificially drives up costs. Their objections are principled but no bill will ever be perfect and most of their ideas don’t now command a Senate majority.