A Senator's Surgery Has Forced Another Delay To The Health Care Vote

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A Senator's Surgery Has Forced Another Delay To The Health Care Vote

Mr. Paul said he does not believe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a fellow Kentucky Republican, has the votes to pass the health care bill as now constituted.

Here's what McConnell said in a statement late Saturday: "While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act".

"Elaine and I, along with the entire Senate family, wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery", McConnell said in a statement that referred to his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

"Its cuts to Medicaid are too deep and at the same time it fails to give states the ability to innovate in order to cope with those reductions", Kasich said in a statement.

Sen. John McCain revealed over the weekend that he had surgery to remove a blood clot from above his eye (more on his condition below). Their influence during the delay could complicate the decision-making for Republican senators from their states: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. The Senate holds a two seat Republican majority.

McConnell attributed the delay to Arizona Sen. He did not say when he would return to the health care bill. "At the end of the day, I don't know if it will pass", Collins conceded, adding, "We need to go through the normal committee process and get input from people on both sides".

Collins estimated Sunday that there are eight to 10 Republican senators with "serious concerns" about the bill. "But how this would all translate out, I'm not certain".

"Mitch McConnell's national group just started running brand-new ads against me here in Florida", Nelson wrote. So far, White House sales pitches haven't converted skeptical senators to publicly support the bill.

The Congressional Budget Office is expected to soon issue its estimate of the new plan's impact on health coverage and the federal budget deficit, although not on Monday, as many had anticipated. Leaders are gauging support on whether they can get all of their members on the same page - something that has proved hard in recent months.

The Republican health care plan remains deeply unpopular among Americans.

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

Mr. Paul cautioned the president against overselling the legislation. Several Republicans, including McCain, have not committed to supporting the bill, which would result in over 20 million fewer people having health insurance by 2026.

Achieving Trump's goal of ditching large parts of Obama's sweeping health care reforms has been elusive as his administration nears the six-month mark later this week.

"The president has been monitoring what's going on with health care, and he and his staff have been involved with what's going on in the Senate", she said. So there is trepidation about the timeline for the health care bill, since McConnell really can't move forward without McCain's "yes" vote. McConnell can only lose two of his own senators, and still be able to pass the bill because a 50-50 tie means Vice President Mike Pence casts the deciding vote. McConnell is under increasing pressure to ditch the amendments offered by Senator Ted Cruz that throw out numerous "mandated" coverages that insurance companies are forced to offer with every Obamacare policy.

"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", the CEOs wrote in a letter to McConnell.

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