McConnell delays health care vote because of McCain surgery

McConnell delays health care vote because of McCain surgery

But as the honest congressman I saw on TV admitted, the GOP wasn't ready because, "We never thought Donald Trump would win". McCain is at home recovering in Arizona, and a statement released by his office suggested that he may only be out for a week.

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The Republican health care plan remains deeply unpopular among Americans.

In an interview Friday, Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska minimized the importance of the CBO score and questioned the assumptions it uses: "Those are not the Ten Commandments coming down from Mount Sinai, that everything in there is gospel", Sullivan said.

It's expected that by keeping some of the taxes for the wealthy, leadership may have more money to dole out in upcoming days as they try to make a deal. Meeting with the secretary of state.

But in order to improve the ACA, Biden urged that Senate Republicans must first agree on the basic premise that "everyone should have health care", and only then can they debate the most effective ways to fix the American health care system. John McCain (Ariz.) recovers from surgery. Already, two GOP senators-Susan Collins from ME and Rand Paul from Kentucky-have pledged not to vote for the new bill, and McConnell can't afford to lose any more senators, including McCain, to pass the bill. With two Republican senators - Susan Collins and Rand Paul - standing firm that they will vote no, a "yes" from McCain is the one shot they've got at moving the bill forward.

Even though the Republicans are counting on their senior savior Senate leader, his symbolic presence might not do much to help them.

"On the Senate side, I would estimate that there about eight to 10 Republican senators who have deep concerns", Ms. Collins said on ABC's "This Week".

McCain has expressed reservations about the bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, indefinitely postponed a vote planned for this week to give Mr. McCain time to recover from a procedure to remove a blood clot above his eye.

"It would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, increase premiums and lead to widespread terminations of coverage for people now enrolled in the individual market", the insurers wrote.

Now, the Cruz amendment has been included in the bill and the Medicaid cuts remain, putting centrists on the spot.

It is possible that more moderates will announce their opposition after reviewing the bill, though they will be under intense pressure from leaders to support it.

But, though encouraging, said Forese, the extra funding's impact will be limited due to the bill's massive cuts to Medicaid, the government-run health program that provides insurance primarily to pregnant women, single parents, people with disabilities, and seniors with low incomes. Those protests are the latest in a string of sit-ins and other actions aimed at killing the bill.

And at some point, the Congressional Budget Office will release its latestanalysis of the legislation. Politico reports it could come Tuesday. Approaching six months in office, Trump's overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April.

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