US Senate Delays Healthcare Vote as McCain Recovers From Surgery

Medicaid affects millions of Americans, young and old

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and top Democrats on the Senate health and finance committees asked McConnell to use the extra time since the vote is delayed to give more information on the GOP's plan to overhaul Obamacare. John McCain's announced absence following surgery left Republicans short of votes on their marquee legislation. The paper did not speak to any of McCain's doctors, but other medical experts said the recovery time for such procedures can be several weeks. The Arizona senator underwent surgery Friday to remove a blood clot from above his left eye and has been advised by his doctors to spend the next week recovering in Arizona, according to a statement quoted by AZ Central.

Two Republicans, conservative Sen.

According to Rand Paul the Senate Majority Leader still doesn't have his ducks in a row, so he's probably thrilled to get a 14-day reprieve. Susan Collins of ME, have already come out against the bill. With a 52-seat majority and Democrats unanimously lined up against the legislation, Republicans can not afford another defection. McConnell did not say how long the delay to consider the bill would be extended.

Paul in an interview on Fox News, Sunday said that he didn't think the bill had enough support to pass. Collins said Sunday that "eight to 10" Republican senators have serious concerns. "But how this would all translate out, I'm not certain".

But I'm giving McConnell no points for being a humanitarian.

Mr. McCain's health may not be the only issue holding up the bill.

McConnell is privately telling senators, per our sources, that they if they vote against the motion to proceed they're effectively arguing that there's nothing wrong with the health care system and the Affordable Care Act markets are just fine.

McCain's office acknowledged in a statement that he would remain in Arizona: "Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff".




The latest version was unveiled last Thursday, and GOP leaders said they planned to hold at least a procedural vote to advance the bill this week.

Trump is doing the front end (talking about how bad Obamacare is), but he's not helping to sell the rest of the legislation to boost its stand-alone popularity.

"It would also jeopardize the very existence of our rural hospitals and our nursing homes, which not only provide essential care to people in rural America, but also are major employers in the small communities in which they are located", she said.

A health care vote will have to wait, this time because Sen. "McCain a speedy recovery". All of them expressed concerns about how the revised plan, which would make significant cuts to Medicaid and affect low-income people in their states.

Two Republicans, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME, have already said they will vote against the measure.

Malloy described Pence's private meeting with the governors Saturday as "pretty atrocious" as Pence encouraged governors to dismiss an unfavorable score from the Congressional Budget Office that showed 15 million Americans would lose Medicaid coverage over the next decade.

In a statement Friday, AHIP called the proposal "simply unworkable in any form".

No word from leadership on when a vote would be rescheduled for - if ever.

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