Senator John McCain's Surgery Will Delay The Health Care Vote
Senator John McCain's Surgery Will Delay The Health Care Vote
U.S. Senator Susan Collins talks to reporters as she leaves a meeting of the Senate Republican caucus to unveiling of Senate Republic
18 Julio, 2017, 05:26
McConnell tweeted that the Senate will work on other legislative issues and nominations next week and "will defer consideration of the Better Care Act" while McCain is recovering from his surgery.
AstraZeneca shares fell after reports in the Israeli news that Chief Executive Pascal Soriot would leave AstraZeneca to lead generic-drug maker Teva Pharmaceuticals. Paul and Susan Collins of ME have already voiced objection to the motion. If just three Republicans oppose the procedural vote scheduled for next week, the GOP's seven-year effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act would come to an end. The news release said the group hoped to arrive the same day as Congressional Budget Office scoring of the latest Republican legislation, which is headed to a vote without a hearing and little time for study.
McCain has expressed reservations about the bill.
But the Senate Budget Committee on Sunday said the release had been postponed. McCain, 80, recently underwent an operation to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, and his doctors have reportedly advised him to stay home while he recovers.
Paul also suggested that Republicans should first repeal and later replace Obamacare.
"When I speak with folks in Wyoming, I am constantly told that Obamacare does not work for their families - they want choices", Barrasso said.
With control of the White House and both houses of Congress, Republican leaders foresaw a quick strike coming as soon as January or February.
On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence assured skeptical governors that "the Senate health care bill strengthens and secures Medicaid for the neediest in our society", putting the program, which serves more than 70 million low-income people, on "a path to long-term sustainability".
It was the second time that McConnell was forced to call off a planned vote, even with heavy lobbying by Trump administration officials.
McCain's office acknowledged in a statement that he would remain in Arizona: "Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff".
He said the Republican "bill keeps most of the Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies", he said. But the insurance groups' statement says that amount "is insufficient and additional funding will not make the provision workable for consumers or taxpayers".
On Saturday, Republican Senator John McCain that he would be absent in the Senate next week. This addition could bring down costs for some, but has caused contention with some moderate senators because it could hurt those with pre-existing conditions.
Among the proposed changes to Medicaid, the BCRA, would phase out the Medicaid expansion established by the Affordable Care Act, which extended the program to those making between 100% to 138% of the federal poverty limit.
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