Senate Health Care Debate Delayed Due To McCain Surgery


McConnell did not say how long the delay to consider the bill would be extended.

"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act". McConnell can only lose two of his own senators, and still be able to pass the bill because a 50-50 tie means Vice President Mike Pence casts the deciding vote.

"I think the longer the bill's out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it's not repeal". That's because Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Main previously said they would oppose the bill when it is up for vote.

The additional time is giving opponents a chance to organize more rallies, protests, call-in campaigns, mass emails, door-to-door canvassing and sit-ins at senators' Washington offices to pressure Republicans to vote against the a bill that is already in jeopardy.

The bill has faced criticism from Republican and Democrat governors alike.

"This bill imposes fundamental, sweeping changes in the Medicaid program, and those include very deep cuts that would affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society, including disabled children and poor seniors". "Make sure it is the bipartisan bill that you demanded in 2009".

McCain will spend this week recovering per doctors orders, his office said. Yet it's not certain he will be back by then to support the bill, as his condition may be more serious than thought. Everyone has the right to health insurance, she said. The bill - the majority of which was written behind closed doors - has already been delayed once due to a lack of votes to bring it to the floor.

With death comes rebirth, so we could begin to think again about universal health care coverage for Americans, which both parties advocate, at least rhetorically (Republicans, access; Democrats, actual care).

"The current system is awful", Paul said on Fox News Sunday. "In the meantime, Cheryl and I extend our best wishes to John, Cindy and the entire McCain family and pray for his speedy recovery".

It was the second time that McConnell was forced to call off a planned vote, even with heavy lobbying by Trump administration officials.

CBO's score of the original plan projected that 22 million more people would without health insurance over the next decade.

McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" surgery at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix last Friday to remove a 5-centimeter blood clot above his left eye, according to a statement by the Mayo Clinic.

The statement read that McCain is "resting comfortably at home and is in good condition". He previously had three other malignant melanomas removed, on his left shoulder, left arm and left nasal wall (removed in 1993, 2000 and 2002 respectively).

President Trump, for his part, even admitted last week that striking an agreement on health care reform an nearly impossible challenge to overcome.

Doctors now are waiting for the results of a tissue pathology analysis to determine more information about the blood clot, McCain's office said, adding they will release more details as information becomes available.