Mitch McConnell to Defer the Senate Healthcare Vote, Citing John McCain’s Surgery

McCain, who plans to stay in Arizona this week after a procedure to remove a 2-inch blood clot from above his left eye, has expressed concern about the health-care bill but has not said how he would vote.

“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 in a statement.

Pence’s speech was criticized by Democrats, health-care advocates and even some Republicans for mischaracterizing the possible ramifications of the GOP bill. McCain was reported to be resting comfortably at his home in Arizona. McCain’s absence from the Senate would have imperiled the bill because McConnell needs support from 50 of the 52 GOP senators to pass it, and two GOP senators, Maine’s Susan Collins and Kentucky’s Rand Paul, have already said they won’t vote for the legislation. Paul offered the sobering update over the weekend during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday“.

“There are few people tougher than my friend John McCain, and I know he’ll be back with us soon”, McConnell said. So far, Republican Sens.

The pressure is on Lee and the handful of other Republican holdouts on the bill meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, because Senate leaders can afford to lose only one more GOP vote.

Tissue pathology reports are due in the coming days.

“What I’ve suggested to the president…if this comes to an impasse, I think if the president jumps into the fray and says ‘Look guys, you promised to repeal it, let’s just repeal what we can agree to, ‘” Paul explained. With a 52-seat majority and Democrats unanimously lined up against the legislation, Republicans can not afford another defection.

The american president Donald Trump has called on Friday its majority in the Senate to adopt the reform republican of the health system promised for so many years, as internal divisions threaten to fail. “On the Senate side, I would estimate that there about eight to ten Republicans senators who have deep concerns”.

Collins strongly disagreed in an interview Sunday with CNN.

Some fear that repealing the Affordable Care Act – the formal name of Obamacare – could adversely impact millions of Americans by effectively forcing them off of Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and the disabled, or making health costs soar for people with pre-existing conditions.

The Senate bill, like legislation the House passed earlier, repeals mandates requiring individuals to carry insurance and businesses to offer it, and unravels an expansion of the Medicaid program enacted under President Barack Obama’s law. “I’ve been involved with health care for 20 years as a physician”, he told host Christ Wallace.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponed a vote on the the plan scheduled for this week as Sen. “We wish Senator McCain a speedy recovery”, Helen Ferré, White House director of media affairs, told reporters Sunday when asked about the Senate delay.