Debate on controversial healthcare Bill delayed after McCain has operation

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 17, 2017

Analyses of the earlier version of the Senate bill found it would result in more than 20 million additional uninsured Americans over a decade compared to current law.The newest version attempts to attract conservative support by allowing insurers to offer skimpy coverage plans alongside more robust ones, but also reaches out to moderates by adding billions in help for the opioid crisis and to defray high costs for consumers.In Phoenix, Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot and that the surgery went "very well", a hospital statement said.

With the GOP holding a 52-48 majority, they can afford to lose only two Republicans.

The congressman was asked the same simple question that House and Senate Republicans have been asked a million times before - "Why didn't you guys have a bill ready in January that would repeal and replace ObamaCare?".

It's been a lengthy deliberation over the Republican Health Care Bill, but now it's on the back burner. There have been tweaks to the bill since then, but the CBO has not yet scored that revised bill and won't meet tomorrow's original deadline. However, he said recently on the CBS program "Face the Nation" that "My opinion is that it's likely to be dead". It also is why McConnell has been unable to get the votes to pass an initial reform attempt in the Senate. It's anyone's guess whether the latest postponement will improve or diminish the chances for passage.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have announced they won't support the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Senate Republicans' plan to replace Obamacare. Sen.

"The first version of the bill was a tax cut bill paid for by taking away health care coverage from other Americans". "I think it's something that once we agree, that we can sell to the American people as a better choice than the failures of Obamacare". Two Republican senators have already said they plan to vote "no" on the procedural vote next week: Sens.

Collins has said she plans to vote against the bill, reiterating the position in the Sunday interview.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to members of the media on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday.

"The changes do nothing to address provisions that would cripple Medicaid and put added financial pressure on state budgets and healthcare providers".

However, those insurers would have to offer at least one plan providing all the benefits - an approach that critics warn would lead to a "segmentation" of the market between young, healthy people and older, sicker Americans.

Specifically, it notes the latest bill would still end Medicaid expansion for low-income working adults; cap and cut Medicaid for seniors, children and people with disabilities; raise premiums and deductibles for those who purchase insurance on the market; and undermine consumer protections for pre-existing conditions.

But the Senate Budget Committee on Sunday said the release had been postponed.

Some insurers are anxious because of a technical change with huge practical implications: Health plans that enroll healthier customers would no longer have to cross-subsidize those with sicker patients, as is now required.

On Saturday, Republican Senator John McCain that he would be absent in the Senate next week. The language was added to win support from conservatives, but it comes with more federal spending ― a big no-no for Paul, who fundamentally disagrees with the idea of the government subsidizing health care.

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