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McConnell To Delay US Health Care Vote In McCain's Absence

17 July 2017, 02:06 | Myron Mathis

I ask you to consider the irony of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delaying a vote on the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare until Senator John McCain recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye. Ted Cruz, who has been a solid no vote on the previous versions, would let insurers that sell Obamacare-compliant plans also market bare bones catastrophic policies with appeal to the younger and healthier who don't feel they need the expansive coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

"Elaine and I, along with the entire Senate family, wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery", McConnell said in a statement that referred to his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

"But yes, I believe that when we have a full contingent of Senators that we'll have that vote and it's important that we do so", he added. Then McConnell will try to bring the bill to the floor, where if necessary, he will introduce more vote-getting amendments that will not be reviewed by the CBO.

Earlier Saturday, the Mayo Clinic revealed that surgeons removed McCain's almost 2-inch clot in a minimally invasive procedure that went "very well". Two Republican senators have already said they plan to vote "no" on the procedural vote next week: Sens. The head of the organization representing state Medicaid directors, two-thirds of whom report to Republican governors, offered this public evaluation of the McConnell bill. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Susan Collins (Maine) having announced that they would not support 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.

A nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office score on the legislation was expected early this week.

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

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

John McCain has suffered a blood clot that's forced the GOP leadership to put its ailing health care legislation on ice.

The new version includes some cosmetic changes but is still bad, albeit in slightly different ways. Medicaid accounts for half or more of the 20 million Americans gaining coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act. "We know that, but we have no choice to try to come to the rescue of the millions of people who are being failed because of the problems of Obamacare". However, he said recently on the CBS program "Face the Nation" that "My opinion is that it's likely to be dead".

"I do want to see more flexibility in the insurance market, but Sen". Groups representing the nation's almost 1 million physicians have come out against any bill that would roll back the insurance expansion in the Affordable Care Act.

I saw an honest Republican congressman on TV the other day.

She also raised concerns that the plan's proposed opioid fund to help offset Medicaid cuts falls short of current resources available through the health care entitlement that help Americans receiving treatment for substance use disorders.

A new Senate reform bill was presented Thursday. "This is serious stuff; it's not about branding according to someone's name", Conway told Fox News. "It slashes Medicaid, which has become something that helps middle-class New Yorkers, millions of them literally, and millions of Americans".

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