Just a day before Senate GOP leadership is set to debut a revised version of the the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), a poll from Morning Consult/Politico showed Republican voters want lawmakers to move on from the bill and work on a bipartisan solution for healthcare.
"I think the reason is that it is the necessary ingredient to getting the votes that we have to have to follow through on our commitment to repeal Obamacare", Cruz said.
Both Republican and Democratic critics say that could make it harder for people with pre-existing conditions to get insurance.
While Republicans continue to primarily focus on passing legislation that will repeal and replace Obamacare, they still aim to take up tax reform and other legislative items by the end of the year. Some anticipated that President Trump would happily whack them on Twitter if they fled as previously scheduled in a couple of weeks without first completing a health care bill.
Paul said that Senate Republicans are "at an impasse".
Republican senators in states particularly affected by the opioid drug crisis have expressed concerns about cuts to Medicaid and have pushed to add more funding to fight the problem.
Some leading Republican senators have said their party's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, seems to be dead, and there's no momentum behind efforts to simply repeal it, so they don't know what's next.
Cruz has proposed an amendment letting insurers sell any policies they wish, so long as they also offer polices that cover a list of services required by ObamaCare.
It is possible, however, the Senate could begin its summer recess earlier.
And some doubt that's going to change before the next recess in August.
But McConnell, a seasoned tactician, was forced to postpone a June vote on the bill when he realised he did not have the votes for passage, amid a revolt by some conservative and moderate Republicans.