Multiple senators also relayed a message: Ads from a conservative group against moderate GOP Sen.
Collins said Trump listened intently to the concerns she and other senators raised.
These poll numbers are frightful - and also the rule rather than the exception on the Republican health care replacement legislation. Many accused leadership of moving too quickly. Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, joined other hospital association representatives to explain just how bad the Senate plan is.
The last-minute decision to pull the bill before an expected Thursday vote mirrors how the House earlier this year had to delay its initial bill repealing Obamacare before later narrowly passing a measure in May to replace Obamacare. "If there's more work to be done, you shouldn't try to light the fire before it's ready to be lit". Because the Senate is hoping to pass the bill with a simple majority, Republicans now hold a slight majority of 52 seats, and no Democrats are expected to vote for the bill, the most support Republicans can lose to still pass the bill is three senators (with a tie, Vice President Mike Pence would be expected to break it in favor of the bill). That news alone had caused some Republicans to want to take a step back and get more questions answered. I mean, I'm reading the CBO report at 4 a.m.
In the private meeting that followed, said Sen. There really are changes needed in the ACA, and McConnell can wave the fear they will be blamed for inaction in the face of wavering senators.
But the dilemma for the GOP is this: Eight in 10 Republicans support repeal, and close to a third say the law should be repealed even if a replacement health care plan isn't ready yet.
"We've got to do some more work on it", he said. He has taken one of the most dramatic stands in opposition against the bill, announcing last week that it would be "very difficult" for Senate leaders to get his support.
The extra time will be appreciated by nervous senators.
To the immediate right of Trump sat Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has expressed concerns about the legislation but so far declined to say whether she would vote for a motion to proceed.
Less than 1 in 5 people (17%) approve of the Senate bill, according to a new NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll released Wednesday morning. The GOP holds 52 seats, with Vice President Pence as a potential tiebreaker.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, in Washington for a board meeting with Siemans, told reporters at the National Press Club that he does not support the Senate bill as written.
But as he left the gathering, Cornyn conceded: "We need more time".
"It was Mitch's. Definitely Mitch", Corker said. A number of Republican senators made it clear they would not vote for the bill as it was written, one of them being Nevada's Dean Heller. "Unfortunately, the Senate draft falls short and therefore I can not support it in its current form". Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, who also announced her opposition to the proposal as now written.
But I think it's fair to say that the biggest change in health care today has been the steady rise in deductibles and other forms of cost sharing.
The bill has many critics and few outspoken fans on Capitol Hill.
"I would say that I have so many fundamental problems with the bill that have been confirmed by the CBO report, that it's hard for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concern about the impact of the bill", she said after the White House meeting. The bill's text became public on Thursday.
A tweaked version then passed the House, with a handful of Republicans opposing it. Trump turned around and branded the House bill "mean", and wanted a Senate bill with more "heart". And Mara, talk us through what led McConnell to delay this vote.