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Health Care Setback: Senate Vote Delayed After McCain's Surgery

17 Juillet 2017

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) leaves a meeting where a new version of a GOP healthcare bill was unveiled to Republican senators at the U.S. Capitol July 13.

"I do want to see more flexibility in the insurance market, but Sen". Do the math: 49 out of 99 is not a majority.

McCain predicted last week that the bill would fail after lawmakers back in their home states for recess heard strong opposition to the love from voters.

The Senate is once again delaying its vote on the controversial effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act while Sen. That's no longer happening.

In a statement released late Saturday, McConnell said the Senate's Better Care Act will not reach the Senate floor while McCain recovers.

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

"Time is not the problem in the present health care bill", Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters. In fact, most of the ideas I've had on letting people join groups to buy their insurance, you know, letting the plumber and his wife join a large group like the chamber of commerce, those ideas are actually welcomed by virtually every Republican.

However, on Friday night, the CEO's of America's Health Insurance Plans and the BlueCross BlueShield Association called the plan "unworkable", and the conservative plan isn't going to easily get moderates on board. So there is trepidation about the timeline for the health care bill, since McConnell really can't move forward without McCain's "yes" vote.

Medicaid affects millions of Americans, young and old
Health Care Setback: Senate Vote Delayed After McCain's Surgery

With Senate Democrats unanimously opposed, it would take just three Republicans to stop the bill. McCain said that he would file amendments that would address concerns of leaders from his state about how the bill would affect Medicaid. It was the highest increase of any state during that time period.

Dr. Philip E. Stieg, the chairman of neurological surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and the neurosurgeon in chief at NewYork-Presbyterian, said it seemed a good sign that Mr. McCain was able to go home so quickly. "Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went "very well" and he is in good spirits".

The latest twist in the poorly scripted movie that is the current USA political system: The future of a bill that could take health insurance from millions of Americans may be decided by how quickly one senator recovers from an unexpected health problem. "Kansas' budget, health care providers, and residents can not afford these cuts". Both the cuts and the tax breaks were highly criticized aspects of the original Senate bill.

Collins' comments came after Vice President Mike Pence pledged the bill, which among other things would eliminate enhanced funding for Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, would ultimately strengthen Medicaid. That's problematic because Ohio Republican Sen.

Along with Cassidy, Hoeven, Portman, Capito and Heller said they were undecided on the procedural motion.

Indiana's Young, whose state has seen almost 400,000 people gain coverage through Medicaid expansion, didn't take a stance on the initial bill and remained uncommitted on the revised version. That means *any* GOP senator can be the deal-breaker.

The bill, considered under the budget reconciliation process, requires only 51 votes as opposed to the customary 60.

But when asked Sunday about his Republican colleagues' amendment to the bill, Paul said that "they're trying to do what's right".

Health Care Setback: Senate Vote Delayed After McCain's Surgery