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Senate to delay health vote
December 16 2017, 10:37 | Rex Rios
Senate GOP Leaders Release Revised Draft of Health Bill
The latest version of Trumpcare has also raised the ire of important health care interest groups who now have time to lobby against the bill.
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).
"There are few people tougher than my friend John McCain, and I know he'll be back with us soon", Mr. McConnell said in a statement Saturday. Vice President Mike Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, were all present to reassure the governors, but it's clear that many of them are still largely skeptical at best.
"I think the one possibility that's of concern is that melanomas are known to go to the brain and they can bleed", Dr. Stieg said.
McConnell also has to win over Murkowski, who's voiced concerns about the plan's impact on subsidies for consumers on Obamacare's insurance exchanges, Medicaid cuts, and its one-year ban on funding for Planned Parenthood. "It would affect our rural hospitals and our nursing homes".
Paul criticized the Republican bill for keeping the same "fundamental flaw" that he said has caused premiums to surge under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. "They don't fix it - they just subsidize it with taxpayer moneys".
The timing of McCain's surgery, of course, could not have been better for the GOP - or more ironic - as the senator's absence gives Republicans more time to try and swing the vote to appeal Obamacare in their favor.
That's all I asked of the senator in June: Let's take our time and do health care right. McConnell has delayed the health care vote until McCain returns, because without him, they don't have the votes to advance the legislation.
McCain predicted last week that the vote would fail because there was already a lot of opposition to it in the Senate.
Members of the Trump administration, however, remain confident it will get passed.
The hard political calculus facing Republicans was clear in a new poll releasedSunday showing the public prefers the Affordable Care Act to the Republican health-care plan by a roughly 2-to-1 margin. The bill stalled before the Independence Day recess after several senators said they couldn't vote for it.
In the end, Republicans may be forced to negotiate with Democrats, which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, has been calling for for weeks. He says that this bill puts Medicaid on a more sustainable path.
There are no votes to spare in the contentious effort to pass a new health care reform bill through Congress, where Republican leaders are desperate to fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to dismantle the 2010 reforms of his predecessor Barack Obama. An earlier report said the last proposal would leave 22 million people without health insurance by 2026.
This weekend, a statement released by McCain's office explained that the Arizona Senator had to undergo a procedure to remove a blood clot from his head. McCain was reported to be resting comfortably at his home in Arizona.