Republicans Delay Vote on Obamacare Repeal After McCain Undergoes Surgery

Millions Of Disabled Kids Lose Coverage Under GOP Plan

Millions Of Disabled Kids Lose Coverage Under GOP Plan

The Senate Republicans have deferred a vote on the healthcare bill that could cost millions of Americans their healthcare coverage.

The Massachusetts Democrat, a vocal critic of previous Republican health care bills, took issue with the latest plan's continued inclusion of tax breaks, proposed Medicaid cuts and a newly added provision that she said allows insurers to offer plans that don't comply with the ACA. John McCain recovers from surgery that he had on Friday to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

Sen. John Cornyn tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that there should be a vote once there is a "full contingent of senators" available.

McCain has expressed concern about the health care bill, but has not said how he would vote.

Surgeons removed the blood clot during a "minimally invasive" procedure, the statement said. "His Mayo Clinic doctors report that the surgery went very well and he is in good spirits". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. plans to roll out the GOP's revised health care bill, pushing toward a showdown vote next week with opposition within the Republican ranks. A revised version of the Bill he released earlier last week quickly drew two firm no votes - from senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME - leaving the Kentucky Republican with no margin of error.

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

The Congressional Budget Office had been scheduled to release an analysis Monday on the latest GOP bill, including estimated cost and scope of insurance coverage. "I want to see the [Congressional Budget Office] score", he said.

At least five of the 52 Republicans in the upper chamber have said they wouldn't vote for the bill in its current form, leaving McConnell short of the majority needed to pass the legislation.

Somewhere around 18 million people were added to Medicaid rolls by the Obamacare law.

"But if we are not able to reach a consensus, the Senate should return to regular order, hold hearings and receive input from senators of both parties, and produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to affordable and quality health care". It also creates a $100 billion tax break for people who open health care savings accounts, enlarging the role for those fee-skimming middlemen with an option that only people with high enough incomes can afford to establish and use.

"More than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians have benefited from coverage and improved health as a result of the Affordable Care Act; this plan jeopardizes these gains and weakens the Medicaid program".

McCain himself seemed skeptical of the bill's chances.

The delay in voting this week could have an effect on how people perceive the bill, Paul said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation".

The other Republican senator from Arizona praised McCain. "And so, at the end of the day, I don't know whether it will pass".

While the Trump administration is bogged down by an enlarging Russian Federation scandal, Republican senators are still trying to get enough votes to take away health care from millions upon millions of Americans.

McConnell's new bill still ends Obamacare's provisions that stopped insurers from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions, which is nearly everybody over age 50.

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