What Comes Next After Health Care Vote Delayed

Amos Gonzales
July 17, 2017

Senate Republicans have been forced to delay a vote on their health care bill as Senator John McCain recovers from surgery.

McCain, 80, said he'd stay in Arizona this week recovering from the surgery.

McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from his eye.

The Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said the senator is in good condition and is resting at home.

The Senate will delay its Better Care Reconciliation Act procedural vote - originally scheduled for this week - until after Sen.

With McConnell's health care legislation already hanging by a thread in the Senate, McCain's absence meant it would become impossible for the majority leader to round up votes needed to move the bill forward next week as planned.

Two Republicans, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME, have already said they'll vote against the measure.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the bill would cut Medicaid by almost $800 billion by 2026, and would cut Medicaid 35 percent come 2036.

The CBO was widely expected to release the report Monday, and it is now unclear when that assessment will come out. The date that the score will be released is not clear.

Paul criticized the Republican bill for keeping the same "fundamental flaw" that he said has caused premiums to surge under the Affordable Care Act.

Cornyn on Sunday ascribed those poor numbers to criticism of the legislation.

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Collins, meanwhile, offered CNN a damning appraisal of the Senate bill and its projected impact on Medicaid - despite Vice President Mike Pence having claimed two days earlier the plan "strengthens and secures Medicaid for the neediest in our society".

The changes included a version of an amendment from Sen.

In discussing their health care plan, Republicans do not usually speak as candidly as Price about returning the nation's health care system to its pre-Obamacare period, a period marked by egregious insurance company abuses.

That's all I asked of the senator in June: Let's take our time and do health care right. "I think it's something that once we agree, that we can sell to the American people as a better choice than the failures of Obamacare". Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen.

Sen. Susan Collins just wants to start over, otherwise you're making the same mistake the Democrats made when they passed Obamacare without the Republicans.

Sen. Rob Portman of OH, who also expressed serious concerns about Medicaid cuts said he is undecided.

"But I do know this", she added.

The bill as-is will also result in "far fewer, if any" options for people who buy their plans from the individual market, the insurers claimed, meaning "millions of more individuals will be uninsured".

Senator John McCain addresses a press conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul on July 4, 2017.

"Time is not the problem in the present healthcare bill". Some conservative lawmakers say the repeal effort does not go far enough to change USA health policies, while others say that the proposed changes would leave millions of people, many of them poorer Americans, without health insurance.

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