But questions emerged Sunday over when that might be.
McCain's surgeons are not giving interviews, and his communications director, Julie Tarallo, said no further information was available. Even before the delay, McConnell was facing very hard odds. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on his way to his office at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on July 13, 2017.
Republican leaders unveiled a new health care bill Thursday in their increasingly desperate effort to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare".
"It seems to me it's not almost enough" to keep plans affordable for those with chronic illness, said Timothy Jost, emeritus law professor at Washington and Lee University and an expert on health reform. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who opposed cutting Planned Parenthood funding.
I've heard from people whose lives depend on medications priced at $6,000 a month or more. It would affect our rural hospitals and our nursing homes.
"If they sold you a policy that covered [only] a toothbrush, that qualified", said Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
"There are about eight to 10 Republican senators who have serious concerns about this bill".
As Republicans hold a 52-49 majority in the Senate, they could afford losing two votes from its side.
Meanwhile, two Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky - have already said they will not support a motion to proceed to floor debate on the legislation.More news: Canada's Trudeau reveals his summer playlist
McConnell did not indicate when he would aim to return to the health care bill, but Cornyn made clear Sunday that moving quickly is important.
Mr. Paul said the delay could blunt any momentum Republicans have built up and give undecided senators a chance to examine the bill's shortcomings. "And the more that everybody's going to discover that it keeps the fundamental flaw of Obamacare".
Conservatives argue this move would allow younger, healthier people to buy cheaper plans.
Voters "elected us to repeal Obamacare", Paul added.
Asked for a reaction to Mr. McConnell's decision to defer a vote on the bill, she said, "We wish Sen".
But the health care legislation was already hanging by a thread. The group urged senators to reject the revised BCRA and to focus instead on small group and individual insurance market reforms it said are needed in many states. They would likely be charged higher premiums due to their pre-existing conditions. Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, a Republican, and others have questioned the validity of those assumptions. But the money will be going to shore up private insurance, not the Medicaid program. More people now die in the USA annually from drug overdoses than from auto accidents or gunshot wounds.
"Republicans spent the past two weeks putting lipstick on a pig", California Sen.
Opponents of the bill could use the extra time to pressure wavering Republican centrists to vote against the measure. The CBO had said an earlier Senate bill would increase the number of people without health insurance by 22 million by 2026.
Right now we in Congress have a bipartisan opportunity to "fix" the many problems Americans have in obtaining access to affordable health care and to responsibly address the unsustainable cost of the ACA's Medicaid Expansion.
The author of the proposal, Sen. Ted Cruz that would let insurers sell health coverage outside the ACA exchanges with no provisions for prescription drugs, mental illness, hospitalization or nearly any other benefit.
But that hasn't swayed the American Medical Association, which points out that people in recovery also need comprehensive health insurance. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.