Mitch McConnell hopes to forge agreement before Senate recess as Trump promises ‘great, great surprise’ – but polls show little support for measure

Senate Republicans were scrambling behind the scenes to save their stalled – and deeply unpopular – healthcare overhaul from collapse on Wednesday after mounting concerns and a divided party forced them to postpone a vote this week.

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, does not want his party leaving town before the week-long Fourth of July recess without an agreement on a healthcare plan that could win support from at least 50 members of his caucus.

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