John McCain blood clot surgery delays healthcare reform vote

Monday, 17 Jul, 2017

Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, also has indicated she will not support the bill.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake released a statement on McCain. John McCain, R-Ariz., left the nation's capital for surgery on his eye.

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.

McConnell's Saturday announcement was another setback for GOP efforts to repeal and replace "Obamacare" after years of promises. Rand Paul (RKy.) said Sunday in an interview with CBS.

"The real problem we have is we won four elections on repealing ObamaCare".

"So my plea is very simple to Leader McConnell: This bill should be scrapped because it hurts middle-class Americans too much, at the same time that it gives tax breaks to the wealthiest among us", Schumer said, adding that the solution was for Democrats and Republicans to "sit down and work together on improving Obamacare". "And creates something that Republicans have never been for, and that's a giant insurance bailout superfund".

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The healthcare bill was already on rocky ground even with McCain, as many speculated whether McConnell could pull together 50 votes. Susan Collins of ME - have said that they will not vote to proceed with debate on the bill. "And so at the end of the day, I don't know whether it will pass".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's deferring consideration of the Republican health care measure. All of them have expressed initial concerns about how the Republican health care bill - which would make significant cuts to Medicaid - would affect low-income people in their states. The bill will be the most costly for middle-class and lower-class Americans, with deductibles projected to rise under the GOP plan, according to an analysis by Vox. However, it is unlikely that the revision will be significant in offsetting the projected effects of the GOP-made health care. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a key conservative.

"This would allow the new plans to "cherry pick" only healthy people from the existing market making coverage unaffordable for the millions of people who need or want comprehensive coverage, including, for example, coverage for prescription drugs and mental health services", the CEOs wrote. "This is nothing new".

McCain's absence cast doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass the legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare.

The newest version of the bill offered an idea pushed by Sen. ObamaCare tax dollars would be block-granted to states.

Democrats said the changes seemed aimed at helping Louisiana.