Biden: GOP Health Bill Will Make Americans 'Start Worrying Again'

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

A two-inch blood clot above John McCain's left eye stood between Senate Republicans and a new American health care path this weekend.

Support for the initial measure eroded during the weeklong July 4 break as many senators heard from constituents angry about the GOP bill and the prospect of rising premiums.

The Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said "the surgery went very well" and McCain is taking a rest at home "in good condition".

Before the vote was delayed, President Trump used his weekly address on Saturday to encourage the Senate to pass the health care bill.

In a Senate divided 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats, McConnell could lose only two senators and still prevail on a procedural vote to open debate on the bill.

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.

The Republican senator from Arizona is recovering from brain surgery performed Friday to remove a almost 2-inch blood clot from above his left eye. "We're willing to do what we can to shore up the system now, to stabilize it to make health care available to people now, but we want reforms to go along with it", he said.

While GOP leaders are eager to fulfill their long-held promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some party members worry about projections that the Senate plan would, by 2026, deprive 22 million Americans of health insurance and provide skimpier, more expensive coverage to millions more. "The CBO will likely predict lower health insurance coverage rates if the bill becomes law". Doctors said the senator had a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot and that the surgery went "very well". It includes a provision Texas Republican Sen.

Democrats have been highly critical of Republicans for rushing their process and crafting their bill in leadership offices rather than in committee.

Governors of both parties have sharply criticised the Senate bill, drafted mainly by McConnell. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul also opposes the bill based on similar concerns. Sen.

"He's a crusty voice in Washington, plus we need his vote".

A pathology report to determine how long Mr. McCain's recovery will take is expected in the coming days.

In a final cautionary note to GOP lawmakers, Biden wrote in his op-ed that if Republicans pass their version of the bill, they will take away "peace of mind" from Americans now covered under Obamacare.

These changes have concerned moderate Republican lawmakers and governors, as well as health care providers and consumer advocates.

"Arizona has been nationally recognized for running one of the most efficient and cost-effective Medicaid programs in the country", McCain said in a statement.

McCain's absence from the Senate floor means that McConnell and Republicans must further delay a vote on the controversial health-care bill that it had been trying for over two months to pass.

"I think my view is it's probably going to be dead", McCain said of the GOP bill.

The Utah Republican's office confirmed he made it clear during telephone conversations with the vice president on Thursday and the Senate leader on Friday that he's still unsure whether he will vote to advance the bill next week.

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