McCain surgery delays vote on Senate health care bill

McCain surgery delays vote on Senate health care bill

McCain surgery delays vote on Senate health care bill

Aides to the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said it was unclear how long the delay would last. Susan Collins and Rand Paul - have refused to approve the bill in its current form.

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. NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reports for Sunday TODAY.

McCain has said he's concerned about the impact of proposed Medicaid cuts on his home state, and said on July 13 he couldn't say whether he would support McConnell's new bill.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the bill would cut Medicaid by almost $800 billion by 2026, and would cut Medicaid 35 percent come 2036.

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Mr McCain's office said the lawmaker, "in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family", would recover in Arizona through next week. "I look forward to seeing him back at work soon".

"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act".

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Digging deeper into McConnell's bill, one finds apparent giveaways to try to wrest votes from Republicans who are on the fence for completely different reasons.

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That's what GOP senators say they are offering with a revised version of their health care system overhaul. But without Mr. McCain, Senate Republicans would not have the votes they need to take up or pass their bill to repeal and replace major provisions of the health care act that was the signature domestic achievement of President Barack Obama.

It is assumed by all that Senate President and Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking 51st vote to advance the bill.

Sen. McConnell announced on July 11 that he would reschedule the Senate's August Recess until the third week in August in order to give the body sufficient time to debate on and approve the bill. Mr. McConnell has had a more hard time rounding up support in the Senate.

The bill still repeals most of the Obamacare taxes, but now leaves some taxes on the wealthiest Americans in place. Some of the revisions in this version of the bill include: maintaining some Obamacare taxes for the wealthy, allowing people to pay for insurance with pre-tax money and providing financial support to help low-income people purchase healthcare. "It would still significantly cut federal spending on health care, increase the uninsured rate and decrease the actuarial value of coverage among those with insurance - in some instances, perhaps even more dramatically than previous iterations of the bill". The 80-year-old Arizona Republican has been advised by doctors to remain in the state next week.

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Millions of people have gained coverage in the 31 states that chose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and many of them are projected to lose that coverage under the Senate and House bills, which would roll back the expansion of Medicaid.

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