McConnell: Senate Will 'Defer' Vote On Republican Health Care Bill

McConnell: Senate Will 'Defer' Vote On Republican Health Care Bill

Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said Saturday, July 15 that McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot, and that the surgery went "very well".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Saturday night that GOP leaders plan to "defer" consideration of the health care bill, which was expected to take center stage this week, while McCain recovers.

And the Republican senator's absence from the Capitol next week would have complicated the already tight math surrounding a planned Senate health care vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The inability to deliver on seven years of GOP promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would be the biggest failure yet for President Trump and Republicans since they won control of Congress and the White House.

On Monday, two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the revised GOP healthcare bill. The defections left Republicans short of the votes they need to pass the measure. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen.

Lee of Utah said the latest version didn't repeal Obamacare taxes and regulations or lower premiums.

During his remarks at the Made in America Product Showcase on Monday, Trump wished McCain a speedy recovery, saying that he is needed for the upcoming vote.

Progress on the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare stalled after Sen. The amendment was included in an effort to earn more conservative support, but could also drive away some moderates who fear the amendment could drive up premiums for those with pre-existing conditions.

President Donald Trump says he hopes Arizona Sen. The original bill calls for slashing $772 billion from Medicaid by 2026, compared to current law, leaving 15 million fewer people insured by the program.

It arrived as about a half-dozen senators were at the White House meeting with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence about the next steps in the GOP effort to ensure passage of the bill. That came as members said they anxious about the optics of cutting taxes for the rich while also slashing funding for subsidies that go to help low-income people to buy insurance.

Now, it's up to senators to decide if they like it. "And the more that everybody's going to discover that it keeps the fundamental flaw of Obamacare".

McConnell spoke of the potential of moving to a scaled-back, bipartisan version of health legislation last month when an earlier version of his GOP-only bill collapsed because it lacked enough support. It includes a provision Texas Republican Sen.

"I think that as a courtesy to those of us who are actually making the decisions that we would actually have an opportunity to see it first", Murkowski added.

"There are about eight to 10 Republican senators who have serious concerns about this bill", Collins told CNN. Lee ensured no one would be the definitive "no" vote.

Such a defeat may be part of a plan by a Republican leadership team that has expressed a desire to begin moving on to other matters, including an overhaul of the tax code, a boost in the nation's debt ceiling and next year's spending bills. Collins said Cruz's plan was "unworkable", echoing the language of two leading insurance lobbying groups on Friday.

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