McConnell Defers Health Care Vote Due to McCain Surgery

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCBO won’t have Monday score for Senate healthcare bill After delay, Senate Republicans struggle not to let healthcare stall Health Secretary Price: More people will be covered under GOP bill than are now covered MORE (R-Ky.) announced Saturday night that Senate consideration of legislation repealing and replacing ObamaCare will be delayed while Sen. Of course not. Yet that is what the Senate leadership seeks with its latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act. McConnell issued his statement not long after McCain’s office disclosed that he had undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. “His Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went very well and he is in good spirits”, it said. According to The New York Times, without McCain, the bill will most likely not have enough votes to pass.

Republican Sens. (Nev.), (Alaska), (Ohio), (W.Va.) and (N.D.) all attended the meeting.

Two Republicans, Sens. (Ky.) and (Maine), say they will vote against the procedural motion to begin debate on the bill.

“While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act”, McConnell said. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) plans to release it’s analysis of the revised plan’s potential effect on the budget early next week. “I want to see the [Congressional Budget Office] score”, he said.

If Lee chooses to join Paul, who has announced he can’t support this version of the legislation because it keeps too much of Obamacare in place, and Collins, who isn’t voting for the BCRA because she believes there are too many cuts to government funding, then the bill will effectively be dead, regardless of whether other Republicans stand.

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

But, he said they are unlikely to dismantle the Obamacare law.

“The revised Senate health care bill … does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona”, the senator said in a statement released Thursday. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who has been active health care negotiations, to ask him this question. “Every time Congress revises this bill, the most harmful provisions remain, or, in some cases, become even harsher”, said Susie Pouliot, CEO of the Idaho Medical Association.

The delay in voting this week could have an effect on how people perceive the bill, Paul said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.

Johnson would not offer a prediction on whether the GOP bill would ultimately pass.

“After all of these years of suffering thru ObamaCare, Republican Senators must come through as they have promised!” the president tweeted before departing Paris, where he attended Bastille Day ceremonies.

Collins also has problems with the sheer number of people who would lose health care coverage under the bill and the plan’s negative effect on health care access in rural areas. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is getting a free pass for waging total resistance, knows there is little effect for Democrats if Obamacare explodes, even though his party made the Obamacare mess, and has an obligation to fix it.

Reactions of eight healthcare leaders to the new draft of the bill are listed below.