McCain has blood clot removed, may miss health care vote

Xavier Trudeau
Juillet 17, 2017

John McCain recuperates from surgery to remove a blood clot, will take it up as soon as all senators are available, said Sen.

"As the U.S. Senate considers the Better Care Reconciliation Act, we are writing to urge you to strike the "Consumer Freedom Option" from the bill", the letter reads.

The Senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition. Rand Paul of Kentucky and centrist Sen. With a 52-seat majority and Democrats unanimously lined up against the legislation, Republicans can not afford another defection.

"The longer the bill is out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover it is not repeal", Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday in an interview with CBS's "Face the Nation". On Thursday, he said in a statement: "The revised Senate health care bill released today does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona".

Collins has said she plans to vote against the bill, reiterating the position in the Sunday interview. "And I never underestimate Leader McConnell's skills".

And McCain has expressed his displeasure with the bill.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bill would cut Medicaid by almost $800 billion by 2026, and would cut Medicaid 35 percent come 2036. The committee did not indicate an explanation or when the analysis was expected, saying it will provide further information and updates as appropriate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced late Saturday he was delaying the vote on the bill to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law, which had been planned for this coming week. "On the Senate side, I would estimate that there about eight to ten Republicans senators who have deep concerns". Despite unified control of Congress and Trump in the White House, disagreements within the GOP still threaten to cripple its effort to overhaul the health-care system.

Mr. Paul cautioned the president against overselling the legislation. The plan obliterates the Affordable Care Act and proposes a weak replacement that would make health insurance less affordable, less accessible and less comprehensive.

"The president has been monitoring what's going on with health care, and he and his staff have been involved with what's going on in the Senate", she said.

ABC's Jon Karl asked, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) decision to postpone a vote on the bill. "McCain a speedy recovery".

The bill's dramatic cuts to the Medicaid program are a significant concern for governors such as Sandoval as well as moderate senators such as Susan Collins (R-Maine).

McConnell has been tweaking the plan over the past several weeks to draw the support of more centrist Republicans who say it will cut into Medicaid too deeply, making rural hospitals and nursing homes vulnerable.

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