The U.S. Senate will delay its consideration of healthcare legislation while Arizona Republican Senator John McCain recuperates from surgery, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday.
"(Sen. McCain) appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff", McCain's office said in a statement released July 15.
Today, as senators were returning to Washington after the July Fourth recess, the president tweeted, "I can not imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a handsome new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!"
Fifty of the 52 Republican senators must back the bill in an initial vote McConnell plans for next week, because all Democrats oppose it. Sens.
"It is simply unworkable in any form and would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, increase premiums and lead to widespread terminations of coverage for people now enrolled in the individual market", America's Health Insurance Plans and the BlueCross BlueShield Association wrote in a joint letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. "We certainly saw that with Obamacare, for better and for worse", Karpowitz said. McCain's absence has left Republicans short of the votes necessary to move ahead on the legislation to erase much of Barack Obama's health care law.
Mr. McCain's health may not be the only issue holding up the bill. Doctors said the senator had a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot and that the surgery went "very well".
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President Donald Trump pressed Congress today to get health care done before leaving for its long August recess, even as Republican senators say the GOP effort so far to repeal and replace the nation's health law is probably dead. McCain said that he would file amendments that would address concerns of leaders from his state about how the bill would affect Medicaid. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME opposed the bill already, and McCain's absence next week would likely have made it impossible to proceed.
"We need Senator McCain in more ways than one. McCain this morning", said Bossie.
If it fails in the Senate, as appears likely at the moment, McConnell and Republicans should admit repeal and replace is not going to happen and shift the conversation to "fixing" Obamacare, which will require them to work with Democrats.
The CBO was widely expected to release the report Monday, and it is now unclear when that assessment will come out.
Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, who opposes the bill, said that the major concern for her were the cuts to Medicaid, the government health insurance programme for the poor.
"I've been involved with health care for 20 years as a physician", he said "It was in awful shape before Obamacare, got worse under Obamacare, and I predict that the fundamental flaw of Obamacare will remain with the Republican plan, and this is a big reason why I can't support it".
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