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McConnell postpones GOP health care debate while McCain recovers from surgery

McConnell postpones GOP health care debate while McCain recovers from surgery

Schumer has led the Democrats' charge in trying to kill the bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's latest health care bill has something for Louisiana and its two Republican senators - money. John McCain recovers from surgery.

"Clearly, the delay works against the possibility of passage by the Senate", said Steven Billet, director of the masters program in legislative affairs at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.

McConnell has already put the House health care bill on the Senate's calendar, so he can move fast once he decides to. Cruz's additions to the bill has garnered widespread conservative support in the Senate, but has left many moderates cold. Rand Paul of Kentucky and centrist Sen. "The longer the bill's out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it's not repeal", he said. "It's not at all consistent with Republican principles".

Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME already announced that they would not support the bill, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated would leave only 22 million Americans without health care, as compared to the 23 million who would lose their benefits under the version passed by the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Or it could give Republican leaders the additional time needed to shape the bill to win over skeptical lawmakers.

McCain's office said Saturday, "On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week".

Collins strongly disagreed in an interview Sunday with CNN. "I still think the entire 52 of us could get together on a more narrow, clean repeal, and I think it still can be done". There are many of us who have concerns about the bill, particularly the cuts to the Medicaid program, but there are other problems with the bill as well. "It would affect our rural hospitals and our nursing homes". He said he would propose amendments that would shield Arizonans from penalties for having expanded Medicaid prior to the Affordable Care Act. "They don't fix it - they just subsidize it with taxpayer moneys". Heller, Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska all remain undecided on whether they will eventually vote to advance the bill. But some major insurance companies are not happy with this new clause and are asking that it be removed from the bill.

Ms. Collins said the vote would be "extremely close" even with Mr. McCain present.

Collins said she's been in touch with members of the Trump administration about the bill, which she calls "a work in progress". A vote was postponed last month, also due to limited support. Nonetheless, this is an indication of just how narrow the margin of victory is for McConnell.

Cornyn acknowledged that if the Senate is unable to attract enough GOP votes that it will "keep trying" but will eventually have to come up with a different plan.

"The current system is awful", Paul said on Fox News Sunday.

The CBO in its analysis of the first draft of the GOP bill said 22 million people will be uninsured by 2026.

"Surgeons successfully removed the 5-cm blood clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision", the clinic said in a statement Saturday night. McCain was reported to be resting comfortably at his home.


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