What Has Changed In The Senate Health Care Bill, And What Hasn't?

What Has Changed In The Senate Health Care Bill, And What Hasn't?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says he wants the Senate to vote by the end of next week. John McCain (R-AZ) forced Republican leaders on Saturday night to delay immediate action on a GOP health care bill in the Senate next week, as the Senator's office indicated he will remain in his home state in coming days, leaving Republicans short on votes, after doctors removed a blood clot from above McCain's left eye on Friday.

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.

McConnell said that "while John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations".

The Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said "the surgery went very well" and McCain is taking a rest at home "in good condition".

The National Alliance on Mental Illness said it was "deeply disappointed" that the revamped Better Care Reconciliation Act retains provisions it said would impose significant barriers to treatment and services for people with mental illness.

With the Democrats solidly opposed to the legislation, the Republicans can only pass the bill if 50 of 52 members back it and if Republican Vice President Mike Pence casts his tiebreaking vote in favor.

A revised version of the bill he released earlier this week quickly drew two firm no votes - Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME - leaving the Kentucky Republican with no margin of error.

With Democrats united against it, McConnell can not afford to lose more than two Republican senators to win passage.

Before the vote was delayed, President Trump used his weekly address on Saturday to encourage the Senate to pass the health care bill.

Critics blasted the Republican bill for what they say hurts the very rural supporters who formed the backbone of U.S. President Donald Trump's support base and were key to Trump's clinching of the White House.

The latest Senate bill provides $45 billion to fight the opioid epidemic that has swept the nation, after some senators - especially those whose states have been hardest hit by the crisis - expressed a need for more federal attention to the matter.

The basic math of the revised Senate bill is pretty simple, but also somewhat unusual. "It slashes Medicaid, which has become something that helps middle-class New Yorkers - millions of them, literally - and millions of Americans".

Price said the current health care system is "crying out for reform and revision". Rand Paul of Kentucky have said they plan to vote "no" on the procedural vote next week. The caller said that her husband was sick during that period, but they couldn't afford insurance.

"If we're not successful now, I assume we'll keep trying", Cornyn said of an upcoming vote. For instance, the bill would still change Medicaid from an entitlement with no budget limitation to specific payments made to states.

Opponents of the bill could use the extra time to pressure wavering Republican centrists to vote against the measure.

The Senate health care plan shores up these collapsing Obamacare markets that threaten to leave millions of Americans with no affordable options for health care.

Tens of thousands of people in Arizona have gained coverage through the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and McCain was planning to propose amendments to the bill to protect his constituents. Analyses by the Congressional Budget Office have found the House bill and the earlier Senate version both would eliminate insurance coverage for more than 20 million people over the next decade.

Mr. Paul said the delay could blunt any momentum Republicans have built up and give undecided senators a chance to examine the bill's shortcomings.

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