The U.S. Senate will delay its consideration of health care legislation while Sen.
A close vote had already been predicted for the GOP health care bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided. McCain was reported to be resting comfortably at his home in Arizona.
Can Sen. Mitch McConnell round up enough Republican votes to force the destruction of Medicaid and other punishing measures on working people, while preserving huge tax cuts for the rich?
Trump administration officials and GOP congressional leaders insist the Republican bills won't leave anyone behind.
The US Senate will "defer" its work on repealing and replacing Obamacare as senior lawmaker John McCain recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye, the chamber's Republican leader announced late Saturday. Susan Collins and Rand Paul have publicly stated they will not support a motion to proceed to floor debate on the legislation.
"The Senate health care bill stops the Obamacare disaster, expands choice and drives down costs - and I want to tell you the Republican senators are working very hard to get something that's going to be really, really good - the opposite of the big lie which was Obamacare", Mr. Trump said in the address.
McConnell defers action on health care vote
Two Republicans, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME, have already said they'll vote against the measure.
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 outcome of the latest Republican effort to upend the Affordable Care Act will come down to three or four Republicans considered "moderate" in the context. Pathology reports are expected in the next several days.
Collins strongly disagreed in an interview Sunday with CNN.
Mr. Paul cautioned the president against overselling the legislation.
The hard political calculus facing Republicans was clear in a new poll released Sunday that showed that the public prefers the Affordable Care Act to the Republican health-care plan by a roughly 2-to-1 margin.
When asked by show host Chris Wallace what course of action Republicans should take should they fail to pass health care reform, Paul suggested they repeal Obamacare and its taxes, regulations and mandates then worry about passing a replacement bill later. Paul told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday". "We wish Sen. McCain a speedy recovery", said Helen Aguirre Ferre, director of media affairs.
"This bill would impose fundamental, sweeping changes in the Medicaid program", Collins said.More news: Sen. John McCain Has Surgery to Remove Blood Clot Above Eye