McCain's surgery delays Senate vote on healthcare bill

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

Republicans are considering advancing their health care bill without an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on a major new provision that insurers warn would wreak havoc on customers, NBC News reported.

"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act", McConnell said in a statement.

But that assurance has been contradicted by almost every independent evaluation of the Republican health care bills, including two lengthy reports by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. They said the 80-year-old Republican is resting comfortably at his home in Arizona.

Republicans, holding a narrow 52-48 majority, need at least 50 votes - counting Vice President Mike Pence's tiebreaker - to pass its healthcare bill known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act. There are few people tougher than my friend John McCain, and I know he'll be back with us soon.

The CBO was widely expected to release the report Monday, and it is now unclear when that assessment will come out.

Two Republicans, conservative Sen. Susan Collins and Rand Paul have publicly stated they will not support a motion to proceed to floor debate on the legislation. On Thursday, he said in a statement: "The revised Senate health care bill released today does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona".

Two of the 52 Republicans who control the 100-member Senate - Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky - have already voiced objection to the motion.

"The real problem we have is that we won four elections on repealing Obamacare but [the Senate GOP's replacement bill] keeps most of Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies and creates something that Republicans have never been for and that's a giant insurance bailout superfund", Paul explained.

Ms. Collins said the vote would be "extremely close" even with Mr. McCain present. Despite unified control of Congress and Trump in the White House, disagreements within the GOP still threaten to cripple its effort to overhaul the health-care system.

"I would caution about overselling what's going to happen", Sen.

Eight to 10 Republican senators have serious concerns about Republican health-care legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, moderate Republican Sen.

"The president has been monitoring what's going on with health care, and he and his staff have been involved with what's going on in the Senate", she said.

When asked at a Sunday news briefing about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to delay the health care, White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre (ah-GEE'-ray feh-RAY') replied: "We wish Sen".

"This bill would impose fundamental, sweeping changes in the Medicaid program", Collins said.

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